We are quilters. We value quilts. We know what it takes to produce one. That is why it is an absolute travesty to me that this twenty block Dresden plate signed friendship quilt was thrown into the dumpster of a thrift store. My sister, Suzanne, who also works there, rescued it and brought it to me. I was astounded by the cavalier attitude of the ignorant women who were going to dump it.
It is dated April, 1934, in nicely worked pale green embroidery that matches every one of the 20 signature names on the twenty large blocks. Beautiful hand quilting abounds and I believe it was hand pieced, too. It measures approximately 60"X80". Yes, it has some fraying and wear on the pale thirties-green solid binding. Yes, it has two unfortunate stains. Yes, it has one damaged area that took out three petals of one plate and the section of it's wool batting. But it has no odors. And it represents so many hours of work by these twenty women. I wonder if these were actual feedsack fabrics? Probably.
It has a rip. Throw it out. It's broken. Get rid of it. It's old. Nobody wants it. It doesn't fit the category, (clothing shop) so put it in the trash.
Beware this type of thinking.