My older daughter, Meredith, and I both have March birthdays. This year we decided to take a day for just the two of us and have lunch out and do a bit of shopping at some places we have always said "we should go there some day". So, "some day" finally arrived. We had a wonderful time-the weather was gorgeous, salads were delicious and the shopping was adventurous.
One of the places we explored was an antique shop. There were many beautiful things there to tempt me, but I was being really good and resisting until Meredith spied a quilt that I couldn't pass by.
I LOVE old quilts! And this one really called to me. It is a bit faded, has some stains and has quite a few tiny tears in it (looks to me like the previous owner may have had a cat that liked to "make biscuits" on it). But it is wonderfully hand appliqued and delicately hand quilted. The maker of this quilt was an accomplished quilter. It needed a new home where it would be loved and appreciated. And I knew just the place :)
I decided to call this my Cherry Blossom quilt. I bought it in Macon, Georgia, which is the "Cherry Blossom Capitol of the World." There are over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in Macon. Every Spring Macon celebrates with their 10 day Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes parades, concerts, parties and a hot air balloon lift. I bought the quilt during cherry blossom time and the pinks just say cherry blossom to me.
I don't know the name of this quilt pattern. It is similar to some dogwood patterns I have seen, but it's not exactly the same. Maybe it's a dogwood variation. It is a double bed size quilt (though I put it on a twin to take pictures.) A true find in every way.
Most of my old quilts are pastel, so this one fits right in with the rest of the collection. I like to use my quilts, but I display them too. I rotate them through my home and refold them periodically to keep them from deteriorating. I have this one hanging on a new quilt rack in my entry hall.
When I showed this quilt to Meredith's three daughters they all oohed and aahed over it. They have a great appreciation for old quilts. I know that some day I can pass all of these old quilts down in my family and they will continue to be loved and cared for.
If you know the name or origin of this pattern or have any info that would help me date this quilt, I would love to hear from you.