Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Great Grandmother Emily’s Quilts

Great Grandmother Emily (Wight) Taylor Doty hand sewed these unfinished quilts many years ago. Emily died June 19, 1956 at the age of 85 so these quilts are at the very least 58 years old. She completed sewing the decorative top panels but didn’t finish the batting or the back. Complete or not, I treasure them and hang them in my bedroom. Florence (Doty) Gardner, Emily’s daughter, worked for many years as a seamstress at the Manhattan Shirt Company in Middletown, New York. Aunt Florence would bring home fabric scraps which sometimes got used for clothing for the children or put aside for quilt making.

The blocks above are from the quilt on the left . It looks like it was designed using triangles. Below are blocks from the quilt on the right. I’m not a quilter but am curious about both designs. Are there any quilters among my readers that can tell me more?

It must have taken a very long time to sew these using just a needle and a thread!

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