Thursday, June 29, 2017
It is a Victorian crazy quilt block, 11.5 x 12 inches. The back is two pieces of old muslin of a fairly coarse weave. The front was pieced of ribbons, and probably taffeta and silk. But it is nearly completely covered with dense embroidery. The embroidery thread is the style not made any more. From the looks of it, and the style of needlework, I believe that the embroidered date of "Spring 1893" is accurate. Nearly 125 years old!
I'm posting a photo in a larger format than usual so you can perhaps zoom in and appreciate some of her work. Every time I look it over, it seems there is something new. I've found bugs, butterflies, horse shoes, a violin, a crown, an anchor, St. Andrew's cross, paisley swoops, a bluebird, a book, moon and sun, flowers, clover and ivy. I saw the date 1893 right away, but didn't even see the word 'spring' until I got it home. What a delight! I've put it in a shadowbox frame for now. Such stories it could tell! If only she had embroidered her name as well.