When I first started quilting in the early 90s I think this was called a biscuit quilt because of the puffiness.
My neighbor made one back in the late 50s - early 60s. That's the only one I've ever seen. She worked on it while she watched TV.
My mother made one in the mid-70s out of seersucker fabrics and stuffed with.....old pantyhose. she still has it but is embarrassed to show it to anyone. She's gone on to be an award-winning quilter, but I think her biscuit quilt shows that everyone has to start somewhere.
I've seen these in pictures, but not in person. I think that Stephanie is right in that they were also called biscuit quilts.
My best friend's grandmother used to make these quilts out of old polyester clothes and used up pantyhose. I would guess she made them in the 70's and 80's... I haven't actually seen one more recent than that, but I did see a book a few years back that had directions to make them. I think the book called it a biscuit quilt...
these quilts were very popular in the 1970's. I don't think that quilt is 65 years old because the fabrics look like the 50's, 60's or 70's. We made one for the hospital auxillary to raffle and we used the nylons in it. It was so heavy you could hardly lift it. I had made them with polyester batting before that. McCall's magazines showed how to make them and called for the poly batting.
I knew a lady who made one about ten years ago and swore she would never do it again. The history of this quilt can be found at this link:http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/biscuit-quilt.htmWhat are you going to do with it?
I thought you were going fishing!
Only in pictures, but I have seen one of these before...
I not only have seen biscuit quilts, I even took a class in how to make one back in the 70's....only I made triangles instead...."artistic license"???
I also remember these from ones my mother made. Hers had a little pleat or tuck on each edge so there was more puffiness to it. Not sure what she used to stuff it but, if she could use up nylons or pantyhose, she probably would have used those. She was recycling long before it became fashionable.
I have one of these quilt! My Mom made it for me in the late 60's and I still have it and it is indeed stuffed with nylon stockings. I took it to college with me and now my grandsons use it. I love looking at the fabrics in this and seeing some of the vintage prints in it. I never knew there was anothe one out there like it. I'll have to post a picture of mine.
My godmother made me one of these in the early 80s. I don't know what it's stuffed with but the squares are scrappy just like the one in your picture. It's puffier, though -- each square has folded corners to make it more box-like. I still have the quilt and display it on the back of a chair in my living room.
Yes! Back in the 70's (!) when I was a teenager, my aunt gave me a Simplicity book of quilted projects and they had one in there that was done in rich color prints and corduroy! Everything old becomes new again at some point.
Stuffed with pantyhose?
Oh yes, my Mum made dozens of baby 'puff' quilts when I was in my early teens in the mid 80's. I begged her to keep one, a purple and lavender one for when I had a baby - well when I grew up and had my first, I asked her for it and she had no idea what I was talking about!!! Love those puff quilts:)