I jump right into textile detective mode and begin trying to identify how old the fabrics are by observing color, pattern and cloth content. This particular suitcase full was great for my inquiring mind. The quilter had done something I have never seen done before. She stitched her finished squares to newspaper backings and even left them in place while joining. Was this commonly done? What is the purpose of the paper?
While I don't know what the newspaper was for, it does give me a general date for the fabrics... 1951. I now also know something else... I could have had my car painted for just $49.50 down in Memphis, TN. back in February of 51. I'm gonna have a wonderful time when I untie this bundle of partially finished piecings. I can't wait. I think I'll just wash them, hang them up in the sunshine, hoard a few and then share a few with you folks.