A friend of mine has this quilt dated 1907-1909 and I was curious as to what the symbol means. She says good luck or good living. Just wondering if anyone has any info on it? TIA
Jul 18, 2012, 01:42 PM
I believe that is Friendship....nice summer quilt there.
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Jul 18, 2012, 03:42 PM
Looks like 4 F's, I'd vote for friendship too.
Jul 18, 2012, 03:46 PM
Looks like a swastika design. Pre-Hitler it was used as a symbol for good luck or good fortune by some native Americans. It was also used in Japan as a map symbol indicating a temple or holy area. Pretty quilt, love the color
Only at a glance would you think of swastika first. This one has too many bars for it to be one.
I have no idea what it used to represent. Nice work on it though.
Jul 18, 2012, 06:51 PM
I think the signatures? on one F in each block fit with the friendship idea.
Helping to fight Alzheimer's one little quilt at a time. AAQI
Jul 18, 2012, 07:00 PM
Looks like there's signatures on it too so friendship makes sense. Wonder if it was made for FrNd Farmer and Fanny Farmer? LOL
Jul 18, 2012, 07:16 PM
I love Wikipedia! The father of gymnastics Frederich Jahn used FFFF: Jahn popularized the motto "Frisch, Fromm, Fröhlich, Frei" ("Hardy, Pious, Cheerful, Free") in the early 19th century. Perhaps this was made by or for a German or gymnast.This message has been edited. Last edited by: EvelynB,
Jul 18, 2012, 07:55 PM
Four F's is common on beer steins. I thought it was an ornate cross.