I also told Dawn about a vintage log cabin quilt I have that is quilted in the Baptist Fan pattern. I will share it here so she can see it. It is hard to see the quilting pattern on the front. I could only get one photo of the back that seemed to show the pattern.
|If you click to enlarge this you can see the quilting pattern better.|
|If you look closely at the edge you can see this has|
been bound by wrapping the backing around to the front.
This quilt hangs over my loft bannister, along with a few other vintage textiles. I had thought I would collect old quilts to decorate my home, but decided that they were usually out of my price range. After that first quilt I bought this 1930's quilt top in the Dresden Plate pattern.
Finally, I bought a very scrappy and very old Trip Around the World from the internet. Some of the fabrics were very delicate, but that was okay because I was just going to hang it over the bannister. The problem was that the original maker had not been precise. The squares were not uniform in size and they had been stretched as they were sewn together to make them match up, which made the top ripple and bunch. I pondered this one a long time as to how I could remedy the problem. It would not hang nicely no matter how I folded it. Finally, in the words of Liz Broussard in Lynn Roddy Brown's Simple Strategies for Block-Swap Quilts, I "cut it into submission". I made blocks out of the top, used a matching fabric for the sashing and leftover squares from the top became the cornerstone.
I still want to put a blue border around it, but haven't found the right shade to match the era of the other fabrics. Some will not be comfortable with such a drastic action taken against a vintage textile, but as Gyleen X. Fitzgerald says in Quilts: Unfinished Stories With New Endings, "not everything old is rare or valuable." This top now hangs proudly from my bannister, rather than sitting in a box in a dark closet somewhere.
|Some of my favorite iris--River Hawk, Sostenique, |
Edith Wolford, with a few others.
|Click to enlarge so you can see the striped lilac.|
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