Corean Liggitt 1872-1946
Isn't this quilt just beautiful? It was made by Corean Liggitt from Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, in 1890. Made as a wedding gift, for a family member and all done by hand. The raw edges of each leaf was turned under and topstitched down, then she blanket stitched around the edges and stem stitched the veins. The center motif was recycled from a dress and then appliqued over intricate crocheted lacework. Cheddar yellow fabric was used for the background and the leaves were made from velvet, wool, silk, cotton and taffeta. The border was filled in with blanket stitched circles. The back of the quilt was made from men's handkerchiefs and a blanket was used as batting. All three layers were tied together with Perle cotton.
This beautiful Leaf Applique quilt was featured in the November 2008 issue of Quilters Newsletter magazine. Along with templates of the different leaves. Seventeen different leaves, to be exact, and a butterfly. Such a perfect quilt for me. Combining three things I love; hand applique, Autumn and stitchery. One day I shall make my own version of this beautiful quilt. Until that day, I will keep my eyes open for the perfect piece of cheddar yellow fabric.
Two more completed Shades of Autumn POTC blocks
Until next week.....happy quilting!