Detail of an applique quilt dated 1861 that Marj brought.
The applique stitching is amazing
It's dated in the quilting and in cross stitch.
It was made by an ancestor in Pennsylvania and descended in the family to Marj's cousin.
Sara C brought a most interesting silk top to the July meeting. It looks to be pieced of striped silks that were left overs from a necktie company.
They are string pieced to cotton backings. That red and black print looks to be about 1880-1900,
which is when silk quilts were very popular.