Anywho, this post is to show Nifty Quilts my Grandmother's comforter, which is similar to the one she found last week at Goodwill. Once I got this out and really looked at it, it's a much simpler pattern than the comforter she found, but there are some similarities in the fabrics and the stitching.
Here's an overall picture of the comforter. This past spring when I went to visit my sister, she gave me this comforter that my Dad's mother made. We never knew Grandma, as she passed away before I was born. Mom always had this around and we often used it to cuddle in when we were sick. I hadn't seen this comforter in many, many years. I was somewhat surprised to find that this isn't as big as I remembered it. Isn't it funny how we do that?
Here are 4 blocks. On Grandma's comforter is the same embroidered stitching on every seam, just like on Nifty's, with what appears to be perle cotton. Also, Grandma tied all over with wool yarn - the same pattern all across the quilt.
Here's the back, with the silky fabric. It seems like rayon to me, but I'm not positive. It's gotten pretty faded at the edges.
A closeup of the fabrics. The plaid is a twill fabric (unknown content, but I don't think wool), and the dark blue seems to be a lightweight wool.
Here's a little peek into the inside of the comforter. The poor old thing is getting a few holes in it! Anyway, this looks to me like a cotton batting that is encased in what appears to be cheesecloth! The batting doesn't go all the way to the edge of the quilt, but the "cheesecloth" does - all the way around the quilt. Interesting, no? I've never seen batting quite like this.
I don't know when my Grandma made this comforter, but it had to be sometime between 1903 when she married and the late 1940's when she passed away. I suspect she made this in her later years. Any help in dating this would be very welcome!
Hope you enjoy this, Nifty!
OK, now I'm going to try find a cool spot to spend the afternoon.