Thursday, November 15, 2012
Lela, Diantha, or Annie's bubblegum pink backing
I am in need of some input. This quilt above is the quilt my dad received when my Grandma Lela Ackerman Chappell passed away. He thought my Grandma Lela had made it, but after a little help from my uncles and aunts, it is decided that my great grandmother Diantha Sorensen Ackerman gave it to her daughter, my Grandma Lela. This quilt is remembered being folded at the foot of an extra bedroom in my great grandmother's home. My uncle said that Diantha wasn't much of a quilter, and that possibly her mother, Annie Christianna Rasmussen Sorensen made it. She was born in 1871 in the Salt Lake Valley. I need to do some research! I am so excited!
Anyway, here is the quilt top I have made. It is just the pieced top right now.
Here are the two together. You can see how much the white fabric has yellowed. Either that, or she started with a bit of off-white fabric to begin with, but I doubt that. Red and white quilts were VERY popular to make from about 1840 to the 1920s, with the biggest surge in the 1880s. I think the white has just yellowed with age.
So, here is my dilemma. Do I really use pink as the backing fabric like my ancestor did? I am not sure if it was Annie, Diantha, or Lela, but wow - pink? It is not a red that has faded with time, it is pink. Bubblegum pink.
This project has been very enjoyable for me, and I have been trying to make a good reproduction. I even put on two of the borders kinda screwy, like the original. We add borders a little differently now, and it was hard for me to do the borders like that great grandma did, but I wanted it to be a nice reproduction, so I just gritted my teeth and did it! So anyway, bubblegum pink backing or not?
Before you answer, keep in mind that although I am making a reproduction, I am sending this off to be machine quilted. As much as I would love to hand quilt it like the original, that is not going to happen in the next two decades. If I have someone else quilt it, then it will be completed right after Christmas! Maybe a nice little gift to myself!