Today I spent the glorious sunny morning in my flower beds. Yes, I do have some flowers. Unfortunately it's been so rainy lately that the weeds and grass have taken off like...weeds! Isn't it amazing how grass can grow everywhere but where you need it to grow?
I also spotted a Shoo Fly quilt top that I knew I couldn't leave without. I ran back out to my car to get my purse and made a quick phone call to my quilting friend Deb, whose favorite block is the Shoo Fly. 'Sure' she said and I added the quilt top to my loot. The quilter, 90 year old Lois Lance, gave me the history of the quilt top, which I jotted down so Deb will know and can add it to the quilt label someday.
According to Lois, the quilt top was made by Rachel Hampton of Detroit, prior to 1920. I'm guessing by the shirting fabrics that were used that the fabrics look more like late 19th century. We have a few friends who are well versed in dating fabrics so I'm sure they'll love to take a stab at its age. Rachel was the grandmother of Lois's friend, Alice Hampton Ross, who she had met in 1936. Rachel's husband had fought in the Civil War so you know it's an old quilt top.
I left with my bundle of treasures and came home. After laying the quilt out on the front lawn I snapped a few pictures ~~
Isn't is a beauty? It's definitely not pristine but it is hand pieced and well executed ~~