A redwork quilt with 98 small embroidered blocks.
What's it all mean?
Symbolism is so dependent on the context of culture and time.
The back-end view of the rabbit is cute.
Does it have any meaning besides "cute'?
The Maltese Cross next to it is repeated four times.
Could there be some reference to the Women's Relief Corps
The date in the center 1883 refers to the organization's birthdate.
The WRC was an arm of the Grand Army of the Republic,
the largest Union veteran soldier's organization after the Civil War.
Quilt block in the collection of the New York Historical Society
Or is it just a geometric shape?
EVERYBODY knows the Vulcan hand sign today.
Did everybody know what a Maltese Cross meant a century ago?
Detail of the Grand Army Quilt by Anna Morgan
From the Arizona project and the Quilt Index
A pieced and embroidered redwork quilt dated 1901
from a recent online auction.
Most of the quotes are Bibilical
but why the Maltese Cross?
See two other posts on quilts with Maltese Cross blocks
WRC flagstaff holder
But just so I don't get too confident that I know
what's going on---I notice the United Daughters of the Confederacy
use the same emblem.
Vulcan Hand Signal Block
by Mary Kate Karr-Petras
See Vanda Chittenden's free pattern here:
I think if you click on Spock you get the hand and vice versa.