Joe and Diane Dale of Alma, Wisconsin brought a family treasure for display at the 2011 Alma Quilt Show. This vintage quilt top was made by Joe's Grandma, Anna Brennagan Dale. She was born in Norway in 1878 and married Joseph Henry Dale (Pete) on June 25, 1913, She died in 1955. The quilt top was then kept by her daughter, Oline, who lived in Madision and worked at the state capital for 30 years. Upon her death in 1999, the quilt top was passed on to Joe and Diane.
This quilt top shows the unique way of using paper to piece the quilt, Foundation piecing, sometimes called paper piecing, was a popular quilt making technique in the last century. Paper pieced quilts are made by sewing pieces of fabric onto a temporary or permanent foundation. Some of the paper pieces in this quilt top were backed with paper dated from 1903. The quilt pieces were sewn together with tiny hand-stitching by Anna.
This vintage quilt top was a hit at the show and appreciated by everyone in attendance. Thank you to Joe and Diane Dale for sharing their family treasure!
Reverse, Showing Paper
Close Up Of Paper Piece Technique
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