A few weeks ago a woman I didn't know handed me a bundle of shattered silks in the form of a crazy quilt.
It was a wreck. Most of the silks were in terrible shape due to the metal salts and dyes that cause them to decompose. She said she wanted me to tell her it was OK to throw it out. I am the wrong person to ask this question of. "Never throw anything out," is my motto. On Hoarders they'd call me an enabler.
Right away I noticed there are WRC ribbons on it.
The WRC (The Women's Relief Corps) is the ladies' auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Union veteran's association (GAR). The ribbons are from Civil War Reunions in the 1920s.
Here's one from the GAR with their symbol on it.
Well I was overenthusiastic in my praise of the ragged quilt.
Even though it was poorly composed, never finished and shedding silk like an April hailstorm in Kansas.
I told her it was a fabulous historical document.
Now it's mine. She was happy to leave it in my home for orphan quilts.
My guess is it's from Michigan
Made in the 1920s
With many silk souvenir ribbons and collectibles attached.
It was the ideal transaction. No money exchanged. I was happy to get it. She was happier to get rid of it. Now I get to spend some time tracking down those organizations.
See a quilt made by WRC members in Michigan in the Quilt Index here:
For more about the Civil War Reunions see my blog posts