This Triple Irish Chain quilt was made by my Great-Grandmother in the late 1890s.
I received the quilt in 2002 from my Aunt Frances, my mother's older sister. Based on family history, I believe the quilt was made in Paonia, Colorado, where my grandmother owned a boarding house.
The quilt is entirely hand-pieced and heavily hand-quilted. Here is a close-up of some of the quilting:
It's difficult to seen in a photograph, but the last squares in each background block are hand-applique'd.
The fabric is a variety of indigo blues on a white muslin background.
My aunt also gave me a photocopy of a photo of her grandmother, Emma Giddings Carson. I love that she is doing needlework in this photo -- it looks like embroidery.
Bobbie Aug, an AQS certified quilt appraiser, appraised the quilt for me in 2002. At that time, she set the insurance value at $2600! The quilt is carefully stored in an archival-quality box with paper rolled along the folds to save the fabric from breaking.
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Tomorrow is the 90th day of Spring -- I am binding my Quilt Block a Day (BaD) quilt so I can share the finished product on Friday!
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