For the next few weeks I will be posting a quilt a day, of quilts that were made by one of my family members. You can read more about the Family Quilts Series, here. One of my paternal great-grandmas made the quilt below. In the late 1970s or early 1980s she visited her brother and sister-in-law in Arkansas, in a town with a shirt factory. Now, there is a lot of usable fabric that gets discarded at shirt factories, and you can't let that go to waste. So they went dumpster diving and "rescued" at least enough fabric to make this quilt. I knew my great-grandma, I was in college when she died, and not one part of the dumpster diving story surprises me! I am sure she had a great time digging through the trash.
Once the top was pieced, grandma did not like it because it wasn't square enough for her. My mom took the top and quilted it. This quilt was well used while I was growing up. You can see in the detail photo that many of the quilting stitches have broken. But the fabric is still in great shape!