When my grandmothers were growing up and when they became adults with their own homes, women made quilts to keep their families warm on winter nights.
Minnie Pitts Powell, my grandmother, made two quilts as wedding gifts for me and my groom: pink and white squares made of cotton—quilted (see photo below) and a purple double-knit made of squares—tacked. The purple knit quilt was as warm as any wool blanket even if it was heavy and I couldn't move under it, until morning. I no longer have the purple quilt.
The pink and white quilt is backed with a colorful stripe.
This blue quilt made with some type of star and strips was given to me after Minnie passed.
Up close star.
My grandmother Sadie Stafford Dugan used (mostly) feed sacks on her quilt. There are a couple of other fabrics, probably clothing that was worn out.
As with most families of that era nothing went to waste.
One day I will back it.
Here's one of the fabrics--nothing I would put in a child's room, but so cool.
This is another fabric on the quilt top--a much more peaceful scene.
Quilts made by women before me. Quilts made for a purpose and with their own hands. A job well done, Sadie and Minnie--my beloved grandmothers.