It’s a New Home, and I love how “industrial” it looks with its bronze color and its beveled base. It’s just a straight stitch machine, but it is a direct drive – with the wheel on the motor turning the hand wheel on the machine, rather than using a belt the way Singers of the same era did.
It was a beautiful machine, but I don’t need a machine in a cabinet, and this didn’t even have a price on it – and I really wasn’t planning on bringing it home so I didn’t find out…..
I kept browsing!
I definitely have it bad for Utility quilts.
You know the kind…the ones that come from a meager scrap bag, don’t have much rhyme or reason to them….just made to be warm and comfy and do their job of keeping family members warm through the winter.
I like to think that these quilts tell the story of a quilter’s life ---making something out of nearly nothing, providing joy to the maker in the process, while she relived every memory attached to every piece of fabric as she sewed. You know that whole thing of quilting being “cheaper than therapy?” I can imagine how comforting it would be to someone who didn’t have much, to sit down and stitch beautiful colors together into patterns either random or planned.
This 16 patch quilt was a utility quilt to behold! The stitching is primitive. The fabrics are varied and include cottons, upholstery fabric, and double knits as well as some that felt like wool. It is in very ROUGH shape.
A view of the backing!
As I said, EVERYTHING went into this quilt, and it is very large!
It is rather “big-stitch” quilted ---and a hole in the backing fabric showed that a wool blanket has been used as batting.
I was guessing for a date on this one…..I had a hunch, but it was the backing that gave me the final clue! See that paisley in the upper right corner?
The front has fabrics from several decades – but this fabric is easier to date than any of the plaids or stripes or solids! I think I remember Goldie Hawn wearing this on Laugh In!
If this were on Ebay, it may be listed as an “African American” quilt – however, unless there is definite provenance, I don’t trust that label for any quilt---based solely on the assumption that because it is wonky, scrappy and utilitarian in nature it must be African American made.
No matter what its origins – THESE are the quilts I consider my favorites. The ones that have all the memories attached to them from many years of hard use and dreaming!