Peddler's Cut quilt block

During the 19th century there were peddlers who would travel the countryside with a wagon full of wares for sale or barter.  Families living in isolated pockets of the mountains especially welcomed a peddler who might have some hard-to-get item.  Grandmother Matilda lived in what is now part of the Cherokee National Forest and surely enjoyed a visit from a peddler with needles and pins, candies, cloth, pots and pans.  There were reports that one peddler could cut folded paper into a snowflake-like design, either with scissors or even “pinched out” with his fingers.  Perhaps Matilda and her sisters used one such folded snowflake pattern to make applique designs on one of their quilts.


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