Marty Anderson sent me an email with this story:
I am recovering some very old chairs that belonged to my grandmother, then my aunt and uncle. After they floated down the Guadalupe River in a flood, my aunt and uncle, then in their late 80’s gave them to me. I am finally recovering the chairs. I was amazed to find that the padding in the chairs were an old quilt that had been cut up. Hand pieced and hand quilted I might add. I would guess my grandmother did this. She was a quilter. I remember her frame that hung from the ceiling. She loved bright colors, red especially. I would have been pretty proud to have made this quilt with none of the points cut off!
The red fabric looks worn, like it was washed and used a lot. The quilt could also have been stained before being cut up and used in the chair seat. I think this shows that Marty’s grandmother was a frugal and practical woman :-).