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War quilts - 3

Here are two different quilts that were made in India.  Because they use the same fabrics at first glance they look similar but they would look totally different if made in today's quilting fabric but I have no desire to do this.  The star motive is used in both quilts.

Interestingly this quilt is not included in the book so the only information about it is what was on the title plaque which doesn't match this quilt.  (As it was the first quilt I photographed I know I also took a photo of the plaque beside it.)

It would appear to be the same as the other Indian quilts  and those edges appear to be pinked in this image.  When I enlarged the photo you can see that they have been cut into diamond points.

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  The pieced stars are just so even, and there are so many of them all the same.  Thinking about how this was sewn, you could carry the pieces for each star with you to stitch, much like paper piecing.  Then when you had made enough they could be assembled and then move onto the next row, moving from the centre to the edge.

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This quilt is in the book and again it was made in India, maker unknown.  It is a true intarsia, where the front is the same as the back.  It is sumised that this was made by a regimental tailor.  A lot of these quilts seem to have been stitched by regimental tailors, which makes some more sense of them.  I know there are men that stitch but I can't see many soldiers stitching something like this.

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Detail of the piecing.

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There are records of soldiers learning to sew and embroider when convalescent. Some of them got very good!

Carolyn Foley

Come to think of it my father stitched when he was convalescing after WW2. He did some great work.

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