Monday, December 7, 2020

Merry Christmas 1904

I love this quilt.  Merry Christmas 1904 is a traditional redwork quilt although the blocks are fairly large.  I suspect that many of the patterns might have been purchased in the 19th century.  I used to take this quilt for my embroidered quilt program, but it is too fraile and I want to preserve it as long as I can.

The truth is that people can't really study the blocks that well in a group setting.  One of my many goals had been to redo the patterns but that project is not going to happen any time soon.

But in a blog setting, you can really study the blocks.  There are quite a few phrases under the images that I like.  Enjoy!

"Only a little bit" is written under this block of a girl sharing with a pup.

"Coming thro the rye"  makes me think that this quilt was for an adult's bed, not a child. The poem with the same name is a fairly racey poem by Robert Burns.

Brownies were a popular book in the late 19th and early 20th century and are depicted on the block above.  

Never did figure out what was written here, something about a big ugly dog ?  😂

"I'd rather be Papa than President"

Have a safe and happy day!



  1. The block with the family shows the girls with muffs. I used to have several of those and used them on my walks to elementary school. I hadn't thought of them for ages. Thanks for the memory.

  2. These are precious! But I can see the wear on them so you are right to protect it now.

  3. A charming quilt, except for the brownies. I thought maybe they were aliens!