Thursday, April 11, 2013

Antiquing Along!

I’ve seen some BEAUTIFUL vintage quilts while here in Pennsylvania….some really different ones too!

Two antique malls in Allentown, PA gave me lots of opportunity to wander and discover and dream!

I am absolutely in love with the simplicity of an easy rail fence….this one has 4 rails – 3 scrappy and one solid black to give the zig zag stair step effect.  WONDERFUL!

I just may have to do one of these in an effort to tame some shirt scraps that are a bit out of control….wouldn’t it be great?

And that solid red border….It’s the perfect color to end that quilt with some punch!

This quilt included a lot of black/grey  mourning prints amongst the plaids and stripes, and I am guesstimating this quilt to be from somewhere around 1900.

Someone must have had a lot of males in the household because most of the fabrics are masculine in nature.

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Close up of one corner.  FUN!

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Dots and prints and stripes and solids…..Terrific!

At another location I ran into a similar quilt with a bit different effect:

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Same quilt pattern, same number of rails per block, no zig-zag because there is no specific fabric placement – this one has more of a “Basket Weave” effect.

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Close up of one corner ---plaids and stripes of every pastel hue available!

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Plaids and stripes are hard to date, but there were some other prints in here – see them?

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Are these 1930s? or 1940s?

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Very sweet dress prints mixed in with all those checks and stripes!

Who is ready to make a simple scrappy rail fence??  I just loved these!


  1. Looks like you've got one of these in your future! :) Can't wait to see your take on it. Have a super day!

  2. I made a very masculine rail fence years ago for a cousin. I think a scrappy one would be fun!

  3. I have been thinking of doing a rail fence for ages - the one with the black zigzag has inspired me - will get out my overflowing
    1 1/2 in bin and get sewing.

  4. I'm certainly inspired !!! I made a mini rail fence once but am thinking something bigger would be great fun :) !!!!

  5. I made a rail fence for my 2nd quilt ever. I made a gift of it for my daughter. I'd love to make another one out of checks and plaids. Those look like a lot of fun!

  6. Scrappy fence rail would be a lot of fun!

  7. Great idea!! What for the black... Kona solid??

  8. I think you deserve a simple pattern like this, after all the complex quilts that you make. I think you should do it!~ Maybe a good for quiltcam?!?!!

  9. Both are wonderful quilts! I think 1930 is a good date for the second quilt. I made a rail fence years ago as a baby quilt with brights. I'd like to try one with the black solid!

  10. Lovely to look at and easy to make..... do I need another project? :o(

  11. I wrote on my "to-do" list, dated 3/18/2013....GIRLY RAIL FENCE. I love the rail fence pattern because it is simple and beautiful.

  12. yes, our next leader/ender???

  13. Great idea! I have some pastel homespun fat quarters that I haven't figured out a use for. The Basket Weave rail fence quilt is getting my creative juices going!

  14. I have made a small rail fence quilt but not a scrappy one. Love, love, love them -- especially the one with the black. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

  15. Anonymous9:31 PM EDT

    I'm loving this pattern! Thinking modern, could see great opportunity here! Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Great pictures. Love the quilts and ideas. Would like to make the one with the black stripe.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

  17. I think I NEED to make one of these! I love them. I will have to put one on my To Do list for after I finish some of my UFO's. LOL

  18. I have all of my material collected to make a blue, brown and green scrappy one, I just need to finish my scrappy trip around the world first!

  19. Anonymous7:50 AM EDT

    yes! I was just thinking about some sort of scrappy string quilt, rail fence is perfect. I like the one with the black.

  20. I love the scrappy rail fence! Good for all those short ends of strings!

    You are just too darn inspiring, I still need to do the stringy geese and the scrappy trips!


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