New Orleans House Project

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pieces of the Past: Double Wedding Ring

Here's another one of my Family Mystery Quilts: no one seems to know if the quilt was made by my maternal great-grandmother (Bertha Julianna Hoffmann Sommerfield) or maternal grandmother (Norma Gerke Sommerfield).  It doesn't really matter who made the quilt, I just love having a wonderful, tangible connection to my past!
Bailey, my Lab mix quilting buddy, is admiring the quilt from the corner of the pic!
When my mom gave me this quilt, I was a little dismayed by the bright yellow background fabric.  I don't think the quilt had ever been used, let alone washed, and the yellow background was very vivid!
On the other hand, the backing fabric was fabulous!
I gave in to temptation and washed the quilt.  The yellow color softened perceptibly and didn't clash quite so much with the pink borders.  The quilt now has pride of place on the guest bed.
The rings have bubblegum pink and green centers.

All those little pieces make a great fabric catalog.  Most of the fabrics are typical 1930s and 1940s prints.  

Several of the pieces are double pinks and indigo prints, fabric styles which have remained popular for generations!
The quilt measures approximately 78" x 94".  It is hand-pieced and hand-quilted.  I'm really not sure when the quilt was made; the fabrics give a clue, but I don't have any information on the date they were actually assembled into a quilt.

1 comment:

  1. i think this is a lovely quilt~!!~
    thanks for sharing.