In 1931, when my mother Beth was 10, her mother Helen made an alphabet quilt for her. It was hand stitched, with appliqued scraps of old pajamas and other articles of clothes. As a child I saw this spectacular artifact on rare occasions, but it was usually kept well sequestered in an old trunk, thoroughly mothballed. When my daughter Piper was born in 1997, Beth passed the quilt on to her. It was always considered too precious to actually sleep under.
Baltimore Album Quilts has some good photos and provides this info: "The Alphabet Quilt was published in newspapers such as the Oregonian Newspaper in 1931 and the San Francisco Examiner in 1930. The patterns were designed by Florence La Ganke for Publishers Syndicate (1930). They were designed to appear in consecutive Sunday papers under the title of the Nancy Page Quilt Club."
This entry on the Anna Lena Land blog provides more information and photos of several similar quilts.
The Ruby Lane site offers a similar quilt for sale!
Read the pertinent excerpt from Wisconsin Quilts: History In The Stitches
If you want to make your own quilt, you can buy the pattern at Grandma's Attic or here!
Sepia Saturday for more old photos, memorabilia, genealogy, and other musings....