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What’s the Story Behind this Quilt?
According to my sources (Wikipedia) the beloved tomato pin cushion became very popular during the Victorian Era.
Why, you ask?
Wikipedia explains the Victorians:
According to folklore, placing a tomato on the mantel of a new house guaranteed prosperity and repelled evil spirits. If tomatoes were out of season, families improvised by using a round ball of red fabric filled with sand or sawdust. The good-luck symbol also served a practical purpose—a place to store pins.
What a great idea!
But alas, the tomato harvesting season is over here in Illinois and I can no long place a tomato on my mantel. So, like the Victorians, I too am using the tomato pin cushion to ward off those pesky evil spirits.