Many moons and many years ago, as a newly married gal, I found this quilt top at a yard sale in Boise, Idaho.
I can’t remember the exact date – but I know I was quilting at the time. Jason was perhaps two, so that would make it about 1985 or so.
I had saved $20.00 and that little bit of cash was supposed to last me the whole yard sale day! I was looking for clothes and toys for my toddler, and household goods and sewing items for myself.
In a pile of linens ----there it was.
At the time I thought it was ugly, but great – you know? I had no real knowledge of how to date fabrics, but I liked it. In all of it’s hideous-fabric-ness!
Isn’t it funny how our tastes change over the years?
On my deck rail this morning ---
I would swear I only liked the DARK colors in this quilt top….the reds, the blues…but those light weird prints? Accccckkkkk!
But so much has changed. I think with the modern fabric movement I’ve looked at these prints with a pair of new eyes. I still think of “Modern” as a transitional term, as what is NEW has been DONE BEFORE and there really IS no such thing as truly modern----but I’m looking at the mid-century stuff with a bit of whimsy, and I like it! At one time I even KNEW the name of this block, but it escapes me now in my middle-aged brain fog.
Check out this cool 1950s print!
Top over the rail of my longarm!
Back in the day ---living in a single wide trailer with my small family and sewing at the small kitchen table, having to clean all my “Stuff” away before meal time each night, I had visions of hand quilting this and putting it on our bed. The whites feel like sheeting fabric, so I used an old sheet and the closest thing I could find to fabrics that match from a gifted scrap bag to make the 4 patch border to enlarge it a bit.
I now know that my 4 patch fabrics were 1970s prints, some 1960s – but not really 1950s as the others are.
Do I care?
Not at this point! This quilt connects me, as my way younger self – in my 20’s and just exploring quilting-- to the maker who pieced this likely during the 1950’s, maybe into the 1960s as we can easily have fabric in our stashes more than a decade old. And now myself in my 50s will complete this quilt and FINALLY get it on my bed.
That’s my goal today after getting everything ready for this big trip to Alaska and New York ((Yes in one trip!)) together ---I need to find something as a backing for this one.
I head out to Ketchikan in the morning!
What’s on YOUR to-do list today?