whenever I go thrifting I always look for old quilts with condition issues. they tend to be priced much lower & are great for repurposing into new things. so at a recent sale I was happy to pay $4 for this quilt:
when I got it home I looked into that hole there & this is what I saw:
since I planned to cut it up sometime in the future anyhow, I decided to go ahead & take it apart right away so I could see what was inside:
after removing all the ties I separated everything & found this inside:
back in the day, old quilts that were beyond repair were often used as the filling for new quilts. in this case a very resourceful seamstress had taken an old quilt, basted on some fabric to the areas that were most worn then used it as the basis for her new quilt. a quilt sandwich with a quilt filling if you will...
as I was carefully folding all the pieces for that photo my mom said how happy she imagined whoever made each quilt would be to know that they were continuing to be loved & cared for...I hope that's true :)