You couldn't have a Civil War Reunion without souvenir ribbons.
113th Illinois Reunion in Palatine, Illinois
Many were saved in crazy quilts
This spectacular example is from the collection of
Dr. Roy Egan of Pittsburgh.
A Pennsylvania Keystone with Pennsylvania ribbons
Connecticut Woman's Relief Corps
Connecticut State Library
The block at the top of the page contains women's ribbons.
Block in the shape of the symbol of the
Woman's Relief Corps
One can guess that the quilt was made from ribbons
collected at various reunions---perhaps by one very well-traveled person
or a group.
The Witcher Brothers, Texas
But what about these quilts made from repeats of the same ribbon?
Quilt top made from 1889 ribbons from
a G.A.R, Reunion in Kearney, Nebraska
Made for Elijah Henry Clay Clavins of the 14th Indiana Volunteer Regiment.
Indiana Historical Society
Could someone have ordered a supply of souvenir
ribbons and been left with excess inventory?
See Maggie Frentz's quilt made of repeats of political ribbons at this post:
Streak of Lightning
Collection Boston Museum of Fine Art
Gift of Julie Powell
Quilt with lace edge pieced of multiple James Garfield and Winfield Hancock ribbons
after the 1880 campaign. They were rivals. Garfield won.
Detail of a similar quilt made with Grover Cleveland and James Blaine
ribbons (1884 campaign). The maker had more winner than loser ribbons.