When the quilt arrived, I about died! It was so gorgeous and in amazing condition. I laid it on my floor so I could look at it while I worked that day. The pattern is Kansas Dugout and it is hand quilted, and probably hand-pieced. (Red Pepper Quilts has a free Kansas Dugout tutorial if you're feeling inspired.) My best guess is that it's 1940's-50's. (Feel free to weigh-in if you have an opinion.) I finally took it out to get some pictures a couple of weeks ago when I shot my Hadley quilt.
I love looking at the individual vintage fabrics. I think one of my favorite parts of old quilts is that the fabrics are so scrappy and random - not matchy-matchy at all - because they were legitimate scraps leftover from everyday sewing. And the effect is so great. Also, many of the vintage fabrics are really quite "modern" - check out that turquoise and chartreuse dahlia in the middle on the left. I'd love some of that one!
Before I sign off and wish you happy day of giving thanks and maybe gorging yourself on food (even if you're not American, feel free to take advantage of that opportunity), one of my favorite thoughts about gratitude: