Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Another Antique Wild Goose Chase

My last post featured a wonderful two color antique Wild Goose Chase quilt made in the early 19th century.  Here is the same pattern in a quilt with fabrics dating mid to late 19th century.  The entire top is hand pieced.  The consistency in the quality workmanship points to the work of one individual.  The blocks are 11" square.  The top measures 44" x 77".  While the pieced blocks feature different fabrics, a single brown print was used consistently in the alternating blocks.

I purchased the top at an antique show this past summer.  Not only was the size a bit of a mystery to me, but there are two tops of the same wonderful quality and size.  It was two tops for the price of one!

My first inclination was to theorize if the quilt was a top for the Sanitary Commission since there was a call for quilts 4 feet by 7 feet.  Certainly this top would fall within the perimeters of what they were requesting for soldiers cots during the Civil War.

Were the two tops originally made to be one large quilt and then split down the middle for donation, but then put away and forgotten?  I'm not sure except to say this secret has been lost with the maker.


  1. It is interesting to read what you know about the quilts that have come to you, and what the speculation might be as to their purpose or origin. Although I don't have any quilts with historical significance, I do have 2 that have older, worn quilts inside the "new" quilted top. I've always wondered what life they lead before coming to me. It also reminds me of how frugal and resourceful homemakers were in days gone by. I realize this was out of necessity, but why not try to live more that way today? It just makes sense.

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