There really was so much antique quilt inspiration that I couldn’t do it all in one long blog post.
And it didn’t seem satisfactory enough to put them in a slide show because it is really hard to discuss something, point out details and give speculations when photos are flipping by you silently in a slide show.
These quilts need to be SEEN!
If you missed this morning’s post click HERE.
I love BOTH of these quilts hanging on this antique wash stand. Both from two separate eras with the string quilt on the left being approximately 1940 while the one on the right --WOW -- do you SEE that one on the right?
Applique Rose Variation!
Once a very stately green, red and cheddar!
This beautiful hand applique quilt dates I believe between 1850-1870, the batting is very thin, and the applique is very well done!
Love this border vine!
What I don't know if you can see or not is this quilt is machine quilted! Most likely by treadle, and the stitches are very small. Early sewing machine work used tiny tiny stitches. It's not often that you find LARGE machine quilting stitches on any quilt anywhere near this era.
But think about the introduction of sewing machines into the world. By the 1880s only those who could afford machines had them, but they were becoming more and more a staple in the home, and a sign of wealth and prosperity.
While I don't know the story behind this applique quilt, the stitches tell the story of the finishing. Is this quilt any LESS valuable because it was machine quilted?
I personally don't think so as quilts like this are more rare.
This quilt, though faded and worn has stood the test of time because that machine quilting marches straight across every single appliqued piece anchoring them securely to the quilt.
But this quilt did not come home to me --though it almost did!
Now this is a great scrap quilt!
Buckeye Beauty in diagonal rows!
Browns and blues straight from the scrap bag. I LOVED the prints I saw in this one. Aren't those gingham patches great?
And no, this one didn't come home with me either, but it could have!
Oh MY! Be still my heart!
All of my favorite things!
4 patches! Strips! Tiny Triangles! Plaids! I dearly love this one, and it's now on my list of "quilts to make" But no, I didn't bring this one home either.
Pine Burr variation!
Well loved and made from scraps.
I love the fabulous fan quilting!
But this one didn't come home with me either.
Quilts of a utilitarian nature!
This one weighed a ton, and was tied to possibly an old quilt inside. I wonder how many people it kept warm and safe and comforted through cold Appalachian mountain winters?
I will always love Lemoyne stars!
But what is this?
Signed and dated 1875!
This one. This is the one. Simple brown and cream triangles form pinwheels that alternate with double pink squares. This is the one.
So simple, so perfect!
The stitching isn't perfect, the blocks aren't perfect, but together they make the perfect quilt for me to hang from the banister at Quilt Villa.
Check out the lovely crosshatch quilting!
And the fabrics!
My favorite print is this floral.
But I love the stripes!
And that whole "make do" when you run out of that fabric!
There is some shattering in these browns.
Browns were a tough fabric, and the mordants used in the dye process made many of them brittle over time. I will handle this quilt with care.
There is some age staining, but I don't dare wash it with those shattering brown calicoes.
Home on my railing!
The price on this one? It really doesn't matter WHAT it cost, it is my Christmas gift to myself. But I still smiled all the way to the cash register when the ticket said $68.00.
How long did it take to piece this by hand? How many hours of quilting went into that very fine crosshatching? $68.00?
Color me a very happy Bonnie!
Remember that tomorrow is our Mystery Monday Link-Up for Part 4. The entries for part 3 close tonight at 11:55pm Eastern. We've got 113 shares so far and they are well worth taking a peek at! Click HERE to view.
I'm planning to settle in with some more binding to be done while watching some relaxing TV tonight. Tomorrow morning after our post goes live I'll head back down the mountain and get the last batch of mail order out before Christmas. If it doesn't go out tomorrow, it won't be going out until AFTER Christmas because I won't be returning home until the 27th!
Have a lovely Sunday evening, everyone!