Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Infinite Variety - for Fundraising

By the end of the nineteenth century, red and white became the preferred color combination for quilts made for fundraising. Donors would contribute money (often ten cents) to have their names included on a quilt that might then be sold or raffled in order to raise more funds. Usually the quilts were made of white fabric and were embroidered with colorfast Turkey red thread. The Red Cross quilt - a natural for this color combination - became especially popular during World War l.

This was one of my favorite quilts. The hand prints were all children's, with their names and ages embroidered on to the quilt.

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