Greetings and salutations!
It's never a good thing when the weather forecast states: "Challenging record high temperatures" as it did yesterday. It was a doozy of a hot day.
Spring cleaning meant more than a good cleaning of the house. Warm bedding was exchanged for a cooler alternative and for many that meant a thin coverlet on the bed.
Coverlets were HUGE during most of the 20th century--that is until the advent of air conditioning in the home. A variety of coverlets were made, often using a sheet as the base of the work.
For kids, I can never tell if the coverlet was made for cool comfort or to be placed on the bed for when company visited. For girls that meant a lot of sunbonnets like this piece on seersucker. The piece is embroidered and appliqued (bonnets and some of the morning glories):
My own mother was bigger on bedspreads and I remember using a seersucker bedspread in the summer as a child. It had sprigs of violets against the white seersucker and was handed down to me by my great-grandmother. It was in perfect condition and a testimony on how our foremothers cared for their things--and how well things were made in the 1940s.