American women went crazy for quilt kits starting in the 1920s. Tired of tracing around templates and painstakingly cutting out pieces with their scissors, they jumped for joy when companies like Mountain Mist and Bucilla began selling kits with some of the work already done. A quilt made from a kit saved time, was fun to make, and was still a unique creation, as the maker could put her personality into the quilt through fabric selection and quilting design, or by modifying the pattern.
Juliet—which started as a top, minus a few setting pieces—appears to be a variation of a Mountain Mist pattern from 1930 called Ohio Rose. It seems most of these quilts featured pink flowers; however, could it be that the maker lived in Texas and chose yellow instead? We’ll never know where the quilt top started, or who made it, but we call this quilt Juliet because a rose in any color looks gorgeous in a great quilt.
Dimensions: 63 x 80 in.
Top source: Online seller. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1930-50.
Description: Appliquéd yellow flowers on white muslin. Possibly inspired by Mountain Mist pattern #20, Ohio Rose, c. 1930. Longarm custom quilting.
Backing: Blue gingham check pieced with yellow print. 100% cotton.
Finisher: LuAnn Downs of Altoona, Iowa.
Imperfections: Every Quiltfolk Foundry quilt in our shop began its life as an unfinished vintage top or collection of loose blocks. We seek out lost tops and blocks that are in good condition, but due to the source material’s age and care history, some imperfections in the finished quilts may be present. We hope you’ll see them as we do, just another part of the story.
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