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Old 10-18-2011, 02:42 PM
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It is beautiful. But that bump out is curious.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:48 PM
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It looks, to me, as though a tear or worn area was simply folded in and stitched - note there are 21 flying geese at both top & bottom, fewer in the mid-section where the quilt is narrower....just a thought.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:59 PM
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it looks to me the name is Samuel A. and Ida Mae i also think the bump out was a mistake and just didn't rip it out
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:02 PM
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That is a puzzler! Two thoughts:

The geese for the top section were made separately from the geese for the bottom section. When the quiltmaker realized that they came out a different length, she adjusted the quilt size to match.

The bed sat against the wall -- the right side of the quilt from looking at the pic. But they liked to have their pillows under the quilt during the day, so the quiltmaker made the top wider, so that it would approximately hand down the same amount on the side toward the room, even with the pillows underneath.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:22 PM
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My thoughts on the shape are that it was made that way on purpose. Maybe a fainting couch sort of shape with a larger area that would account for the larger end. I think it is something that will probably remain a mystery as none of the principals or their immediate survivors are still living. The name Samuel A Bird was the husband, And Ida Mae Secrest was the wife. That much we know for sure. The date 1930 wasn't their wedding date, it was much earlier and my wife thinks it just represented the date of the making of the quilt. She made the quilt when she was 62. Samuel A. was long gone when she made the quilt. He died in 1909. It does make it unique. That is for sure. We have some pictures of other quilts that she made and they are very well executed and done "correctly" as it were. She was an accomplished quilter. So this one was made this way on purpose.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:26 PM
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Well, I'm stumped on this one. I've never seen anything like it.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:29 PM
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It looks like she needed the extra room for SAMUEL oops Samuela - but maybe not. It's clever, whatever
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by LeslieFrost
The bed sat against the wall -- the right side of the quilt from looking at the pic. But they liked to have their pillows under the quilt during the day, so the quiltmaker made the top wider, so that it would approximately hand down the same amount on the side toward the room, even with the pillows underneath.
That is my thought.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by LeslieFrost
That is a puzzler! Two thoughts:



The bed sat against the wall -- the right side of the quilt from looking at the pic. But they liked to have their pillows under the quilt during the day, so the quiltmaker made the top wider, so that it would approximately hand down the same amount on the side toward the room, even with the pillows underneath.
This is a pretty reasonable idea and might be just what was planned. A good guess anyway.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:51 PM
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It was my thought as well that the extra space was to cover the pillows when the bed was made up and still have the side hang even.
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