Pieces of the Past:
Redwork Figures Straight from the "Funny Papers"

Recently, an irresistible Redwork quilt surfaced at an estate sale held at the former home of Bernice E. Berkheiser Reeder (1917-2011) in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. The quilt depicts a number of familiar comic strip characters from the twentieth century, as well as other designs that may be associated with fables and fairy tales such as "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Ugly Duckling." At least one nursery rhyme is represented. Other blocks demonstrate the quiltmaker's love of farm animals. Evidently made to be enjoyed by a young person during the 1930s/1940s, this charming twin-size bed quilt measures 64" x 75".

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