The “Picnic” Quilt // Vintage Quilt Sunday

Picnic Quilt
Today’s beautiful quilt was shared by Jennifer Barnes, who says this about the quilt:
This one belonged to my husband’s aunt. It is said that it was made in the early 1900s by his aunt’s mother, Ethel Bull Daniel. She was from Illinois, and made it for her own wedding trousseau. Ethel passed away (during childbirth with her third child)  and her husband, Grandpa Daniel, moved to Oregon with the three children. He subsequently remarried. (They had a daughter–my mother-in-law.) The story in the family is  that this quilt was downgraded to picnic blanket after the second wedding!
And what a beautiful picnic blanket! I couldn’t get over how contemporary this one looks–fabric choice, fabric placement, even down to the red anchors and the blue print. I’m glad this quilt continued to be used, even if perhaps not in the way the maker intended.

Vintage Quilt Sunday Posts

#1: Tricia’s Joseph’s Coat Quilt shared by Tricia Martin
#2 Heirloom Quilt shared by Katie Bowlby from Katie’s Korner
#3 Great Grandmother Diantha’s Quilt (shared by me)
#4 Log Cabin Quilt from Rebecca Verna Birchell shared by Heather Ashby
#5 A Family Quilt Auction in Kentucky shared by Joni Morgan from Sunday Farming Quilter
#6 Irish Chain shared by Marti Dyer-Allison from 52 Quilts
#7 January 27: “Crazy Quilt” from Cathy Winer
Today: “Picnic Quilt” from Jennifer Barnes

Upcoming Features
February 9: Cathedral Window Quilt from Robin Fonville
February 16: Double Wedding Ring Quilt from Kacey Platky from Little House in Vine Crest Woods
February 23: Antique Quilt from Anna Haller of Hoot N Haller
March 1: Honeybee Quilt from Linda Fasules of I Finally Have Time

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  1. Posted February 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    This quilt sure has an interesting story! It sure does look bright and vibrant for how old it is.

  2. Posted February 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    This is beautiful, I really love these posts!

  3. jenni
    Posted February 3, 2014 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Great story, and I agree, more contemporary than any I have seen. I am partial to red, white and blue, my birthday is July 4th!

  4. Posted February 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Very pretty!

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