Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
This is the second orphan quilt, given to me by my brother-in-law, and taken to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell for age appraisal. They suggest that the pattern is actually 'sunflower' due to the pointed petals. As you can see, the quilt is permanently soiled, and some threads and fabrics are deteriorating. I saw a pillow made of a similar quilt square in the museum, but when I asked whether they might be connected, was told that this quilt patterns was often sold in kits, with pre-cut fabrics in the thirties, so not likely.
This quilt has minute hand stitching in the center of each plate, and some straight line basting impressions. When I showed this one to another quilter, she said she almost cried at its condition and its beauty. I agreed.
This one, too, is now registered in the Massachusetts Quilt Registry, and for that, I am grateful. I will treasure these 'orphans.'