I once bought a quilt quite inexpensively at a yard sale. The vintage piece had quite a few errors in it. It was a basket design, but some of the blocks were sideways instead of upright. The hand-stitching erratic.
The basket blocks are interspersed with coral squares. I’m thinking the printed fabrics may be from the 1940s.
I like quilt history and asked the seller who made the quilt. She said it was her great-aunt who had a drinking problem. She explained that was why the quilt had the mistakes in it. She wouldn’t tell me the relative’s name, suddenly overcome by a fear of betraying family secrets.
I call the quilt “Drunken Baskets.” It was frayed around the edges, but for $5 I wanted to save it from being sent to Goodwill or being used as a picnic rug.
(post by Virginia Allain)