Vintage Redwork

A dear friend of mine gave me this redwork top that had been made by a great aunt of hers. This is another top that I am thinking about starting to hand quilt.

It is lng and narrow. I don’t really want to take it apart, maybe I will add borders to the sides to give it some width. It has really fun blocks in it!

I love the expression on this girl’s face. I feel that way sometimes too.

A cross Betsy Ross?

This is just odd. The body looks like a baby, but the face does not. 

What is this animal?

Hey, George, I found your axe!

Looks like a wise old dog to me!

I wonder who Jack was…

There is no doubt as to the date and place this was created!

Have a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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11 Responses to Vintage Redwork

  1. Emily says:

    Is it a hyena? I’m not too sure. The blocks are charming. I’d love to create something folksy like this.

  2. I was thinking hyena too. What a special collection. I think you are very brave to tackle it but it would be a shame for it to remain unfinished. Looking forward to seeing how you tackle this delicate project ☺

  3. I’m thinking hyena too — maybe for “laugh like a hyena”? I’ve never seen a hyena in a quilt, LOL. And that “baby” — don’t know what that’s about, other than I have that depressed look when I see myself in the mirror too. Haha.

  4. Very nice embroidery! Hand quilting will make it!

  5. I bet that was made for a cot rather than a regular bed since they were long and narrow. I love hand stitched redwork. I will have to be happy with my machine embroidery now though.

  6. Sandi says:

    This is wonderful! I love all the different blocks. Hugs,

  7. lois92346 says:

    What a treasure! To think that it was completed in 1909! I know you’ll do it proud, Katy.

  8. Diane says:

    What a wonderful gift! I just love i. It makes you wonder about the maker.

  9. anudge says:

    Wow! What a beautiful piece of history.

  10. Diane in AZ says:

    I love this! Jack was very handsome.

    I am going to guess cat although hyena and javalina were my first guesses. But they aren’t from Michigan!

  11. PattiP says:

    you find the most interesting quilts. What charater!

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