This one is in horrible shape. Click on the picture and see what I mean. I didn't really look at them very well. Imagine my surprise when I hung them up to take pictures and saw this.
Can you see it? It was a signature quilt. The first one says "Julia Bigham - May 9th 1865". The second one says "Margret A Pifer - May 14th, 1865. And the third one says "Susanna Greenwood - May 9th 1865". It is hard to tell in the photos. I had to stretch the block a little to get it smooth enough to read it. Trust me. Can you believe these were sitting in a storage building? I'm going to find out where she got these from.
Here is the back of the first one. The maker hand quilted an overall fan pattern and had a blue plaid for the backing fabric. There was no binding left.
The second quilt is in better shape.
Those blocks that look red and white are really red and batting. From what little bits are left in the blocks, it looks like it was the same fabric if not close to the other blocks that are red and green. I don't know why the green fabric would have been so completely destroyed in some of the blocks and not the others. Maybe the way the quilt was laying on the bed where the sun shone on it? Who knows. And the original color may not have been green. I may have to investigate some "where the sun don't shine"! I can't find any labels or markings from this quilt but it looks like it may have been from the same period.
This one had a muslin backing, 1/4" shadow quilting in the blocks and a kind of chevron/cross-hatching but only one direction kind of quilting pattern.
Now, to decide what to do with them. At the very least, measure carefully and recreate a pattern of both of them. Can't let a good quilt go to waste!