A great-great-grandmother on my mother's side, then, made this Double 9-Patch quilt. It is in remarkably good shape for a quilt that is easily over 100 years old, and quite possibly closing in on 150 years old.
Here's the thinking for dating this quilt: Grandma's two grandmothers were Louisa Neptune Wood (b. 1853) and Mary Angelina Smedley (b. 1847). If either of these women made this quilt, I will guess they were making quilts from their 20s through their 60s, then the quilt is at least 120 years old, for sure.
Grandpa was still living when I was given this quilt, and I remember his comment. He referred to the pieces as being the size of a postage stamp, and he went on to recall his mother piecing similar small pieces. It was so out of character for him to make such a remark, and for that reason it struck me as noteworthy.
The colors are a very pleasing pink and gray/brown, predominantly. There are some blocks that have other colors, but they blend well with the overall pink-gray/brown palate.
The quilting is exquisite. Here are some close-up shots of how close the quilting is, and how pretty the designs are.
The border is very simple, yet it also is in keeping with the pink and gray/brown theme.
I would love to have someone well-versed in dating quilts give me more details on this quilt.
Happy Quilting, Friends!