Inserting and joining piping in a seam

War Quilts - 4

There was one small quilt, the only one in the exhibition, made by a woman.  She used her husbands old uniform from the Boar War, to make a quilt for her baby.   It wasn't fancy, just a geometric pattern but it was beautifully pieced.  It was hung in an odd corner so wasn't all that easy to see but there seemed to be something about it that caught my attention.

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The card with it suggested to because she was a Methodist she probably didn't want to waste the fabric.

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Somehow that doesn't seem to ring true.  Flora would have been of the same era as my own grandmothers.  They had already been through 2 depression in the late 1800's and I know that they made an impact on them.  .  To attribute her reason for making the quilt to just one cause seems a bit simplistic.  Then there is the fact that the quilt has survived in perfect condition.  I feel there was a lot more than just economic reasons for making this quilt.

And just an update on the Selesian Quilt I wrote about in War Quilts 1.  The applique at the bottom of the quilt depicted an old German children's song and my friend Angela has sent me a copy of that song.

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I think that I have got the translation right for the first 2 verses but the last line in the 3rd verse just isn't right.

"Fox, you have stolen the goose, give it back otherwise the hunter will get you with the shooting gun.

His big long rifle.  He will shoot you and you will be stained with red ink and then you will be dead.

Dear little vixen let friends guess she is not just a thief.   (this is the part that I'm not sure of.) Take, need not roast goose, with the mouse do."

I can't see any mouse in that applique. 

Thinking more about it I think it means "Don't think about roast goose just stick to mice."

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Fox, you've stolen the goose 
Give it back! 
Or the hunter will get you 
With the gun, 

His big, long gun, 
fires the buckshot on you, 
so, the red ink will colour you 
And then you're dead. 

Little fox, let me advise you
don't be a thief ;
you don't need roat goose,
stuck with the mouse.

Nimm mit der Maus vorlieb = stuck with the mouse
The song is still up to date....

Greetings from a German from France. Christa :-)


I'm with you. I don't think Methodism could possibly be the only reason for making the quilt.

Carolyn Foley

Yes, it whispers a lot more that.

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