Friendship Quilt, Potholder Style
Unidentified Quilt Maker(s)
56 x 66 inches
Origin Unknown, Possibly Maine
"Potholder" quilts are constructed in a unique way. Each block is completely finished before it is added to the others. Completely finished, with batting, quilting, and binding. So if each block were separated from the others, it would stand alone, like a finished "potholder." (See last photos)
The style is quite rare, though hundreds of examples have been found and documented over the last quarter century. Much of the search, research, and documentation was done by Pamela Weeks, Curator at the New England Museum of Quilts. Pam's work is available to us in her recent, lavishly illustrated book: "Portable Patchwork."
This example may have been made in Maine, where the style is most commonly found. A few of the blocks are inscribed with names, but no dates or places. The names are generic enough to make it difficult to track down those particular women.
The block here is commonly know as "Italian Block" or "Economy Block." Each measures 11 x 11 inches. There are a few stains. The quilt is otherwise in fine shape, sturdy and intact.
Almost never seen in the market, this potholder quilt would add to any collection.