I think some of these blocks got one extra row than the others.
Or something..don’t they look more rectangle than squre? The bottom two in the center?
Yipes! I’ve had days like that!
So we just piece it together the best that we can, and when we reach the bottom of the quilt, we just trim off the excess and call it good!
I wish I could have gotten a full photo of this one, but some antique places have limited floor space and the only thing you can do is fold the quilt in fourths, do the best you can and hope to catch the essence, of not only the quilt, but the maker behind it in a simple cell phone photo.
I wonder what this quilter thought as she saw that her chains were NEVER going to line up across the quilt due to this placement.
It makes my heart smile!
Oh, there are so many lessons to be learned and voices to be heard in looking at and studying vintage quilts.
The block pattern, the fabric, the quilting stitches, even the piecing itself, not to mention the binding method of choice are all a clue into the person who made this quilt.
Ocean Waves, circa 1900
Giant plaid backing, evidently not big enough, it’s pieced!
Loads of stripes! And ONE background fabric!
Triangles are NOT chopped off.
I would guess this was not her first quilt --
This one was king size with nowhere to lay it out.
Such great fabrics!
This was not HER first quilt either!
Remember, this is before rotary cutters!
Hey, Lori! It’s still here!
My friend Lori and I saw this last January when she came to stay with me at the cabin. At $300.00 I can guess why it is still there. It’s not in great condition with many fabrics shredding, but it is still so beautiful!
Close up of one corner.
All of the pieced triangles have double pink on the edge. Some blocks have 3 fabrics, while some have two. A very delicate quilt, pieced from a scrap bag. And that tiny diamond cross hatching? Wow. Just wow.
When I look at this one I see recycled plaids and civil war prints mixed together. Yes??
Sometimes there are just tops!
I wonder where the fabrics for this album block top came from?
A lot of these fabrics were fairly thin, like voile?
Until I looked at my photos, I didn’t notice that there is an X in the center of each block!
Oh, those fabulous 50s! What a riot!
Weeeee! This quilt makes me feel so happy!
I bet the maker had a good time putting these all together.
And this one!
This one is interesting. The very center is 1940s/1950s apple cores. But it must have been a long time UFO or finished by someone else – check out the cores at the edges, and that BORDER fabric!
Flower Power, Baby!
What’s even more interesting is the border fabric felt like it was printed on burlap. Not feedsack kind of loose weave, but burlap. Who remembers that kind of fabric?
Oh, there is beauty in simplicity!
At first I saw the 9 patches in the center, but look how they run off the edge on the top and left side especially. When I looked at the back of the quilt, the edges had been turned to the back and top stitched by machine. Perhaps this quilt was so loved that instead of rebinding, they just rolled the edges and stitched them down?
One of the things I love about vintage quilts is that they often grouped “like kinds” todgether. If you look you will find all of the matching 9 patches close to each other, where we would be sure that it was “random” and not too close in our quilts today. I love that one lavender block in the lower left, second row up. And the other lavender that has lights/darks reversed. This maker was a quilter after my own heart – just throw it in, it will work!
And oh, the fan quilting!
I would guess 1850s on this one, but I could be a bit too early. Still, the batting was very thin and this was quilted TO DEATH! The black print on the red and yellow fabrics ate the fabric away over time.
Funny story – this whole STACK of quilts was in one booth, and there I was opening each one, and examining and taking photos. Little note on EVERY QUILT “Made by great grandmother” And the supposed year, mostly wrong. If the quilts were made by ONE great grandmother –she was making quilts from 1850 to 1950. That’s ONE GREAT GRANDMOTHER! LOL!
So masculine! And almost modern looking!
This area of North Carolina was run by mills. In fact, two of the large antique malls I hit on my way home from South Carolina were housed in old mills. Don’t you love that wood floor? It’s amazing being in these places of such great history to this area. I also wonder if the fabrics used in these vintage quilts could have come from mill cut offs. And the Baptist fan choice of quilting happened a lot –it was easy to execute, fast to do, and quilted in the way your arm naturally arcs as you sew. I love how random these ones are!
The blue background is like a chambray. Nice!
This is fun!!!
I wish I knew the story behind this one, but this maker loved the brights of her day! Blocks are completely randomly set in columns with additional pieces added here and there to make the columns fit with each other.
More fan quilting!
I have never seen this pattern before, and it just has such a free spirit about it. Is it perfect? No.
Is it JOYFUL? YES!
Which would you rather be?
Screaming Yellow Zonkers!
Someone loved bold and busy prints and tiny piecing!
Do you see what I mean about keeping similar blocks side by side? I imagine this maker choosing fabrics from dress scraps and cutting her pieces in the evening, stitching them when she found time and enjoying each little block as it was completed.
And would you believe that is only HALF of the quilts from this road trip home??? I’m going to stop right here and save the rest for tomorrow.
Remember that we have QUILT-CAM tonight at 9pm Eastern. I can’t wait to sew with you again!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Looking for the one positive thing in any situation can help push you through to the bright side with valuable lessons learned. Don't sit on the cactus! Antique Rose quilt with heavy feather quilting found in McKinney, Texas a couple weeks ago. Another life lesson - though parts of us may be worn through, we are still exceptionally beautiful on the inside!
I am heading out on a little road trip with my friend Jen this afternoon. She’s found a featherweight she wants to go look at, and asked me to come with her. I’ll tell you about it tonight!
Girls on the road! Yeah!
Have a great Thursday, everyone!