Thinking about Miss Kate starting such a large project and not getting to finish it bothered me.
There were nine squares of muslin cloth with an "Overall Sam" (of Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam fame) hand-made applique in various colors and patterns. Beautifully outlined in even black stitches, she must have spent a lot of time getting them perfectly centered and turned under.
It goes without saying...but if I planned to piece them together and quilt them in my lifetime, I would be dreaming. I COULD, however, turn them into beautiful vintage pot holders to hang in someone's kitchen. Not really the kind of potholder you would want to use and get dirty, but one that you would admire every time your eyes went in that direction.
Just find some contrasting fabric to frame the square...
A gold and white plaid along with a mustard, olive and white plaid. The background fabric is a gold and gray print. This one has a gold quilted backside (the only one of the set without a matching backside).
Thank you Miss Kate, I'll be sure they go to good homes.