can be purchased
This is one of the quilts in my collection I really treasure. It’s determination to have survived 154 years despite being unwanted and peppered with 3/8″ holes over almost all of the red triangles surrounding the blocks makes it deserving of our care and preservation. The red fabric in question is one of those produced using iron as a mordant to set the dye. The dye damaged the fabric so badly that when you wash the quilt the dye will disappear taking the fabric with it. It’s obvious that’s what happened to this beautiful quilt. The other fabrics are nearly perfect. There is a signature block with tiny cross stitch lettering. It reads; Sally Post, 1854. Age 63. The historical information I have on the quilt is:
The quilt was purchased from Martha Baumgartner. She is the daughter of Lillian Baumgartner. The quilt was made by her mother’s great, great, great grandmother Sally Post. She was born in March 1790. The quilt was with the family on the farm in the Baptist Hill area of Onondaga County, New York until the farm was sold. Onondaga County is in the Finger Lakes region of New York state near Skaneateles Lake. The Barumgartner family had lived on this land since the 1860′s.
I will be posting one block per week for the quilt. Each block will include the original “on point” setting and also sized for a “straight set” 8″ block.