Monday, September 24, 2007
a new day, and an old quilt
Hi all; I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Laundry and chores encompassed my weekend, with a little play time in between.I am working on an Eagle quilt applique for my husband, and will show it when it gets further along...
The red and white quilt above is one I made totally on the machine for our use. It is so soft, and very worn already. I made it in 2004, and rapidly made another identical version in pink for my mother-in -law, and another one in blue for my DS. It has two sawtooth borders, so about a million half-square triangles later I was done. I rotate it on our bed quite often.
The other quilt is a E-bay rescue. I had a several month period where I would surf e-bay, and ended up rescuing (purchasing) this quilt. It was advertised to be from the 1860's. I don't know if this is true or not, but I bet you quilt scholars out there do know. Can any of you help me with a general date of when it was made?
I am not sure that the orange was around in 1860...the reds are totally shattered. It was a red print with black specks, and the black parts are almost totally gone, and the red is mostly all gone too. The orange is still there,and the green is faded to a limey green, but I think it was darker when first appliqued to the quilt. The batting has dark specks in it , cotton seeds??
The whole thing is hand quilted in stitches 12-14 per inch!!, in feathers and feathered wreaths, and is hand appliqued in tiny invisible stitches. There are some folky elements that I just love, like the leaves in two corners only, and the simple flowers on the edges. Whatever the age, I am sure it was made without lights, electricity, and all the conveniences that we all take for granted! So I bought it and will protect this little bit of history as well as I can, and remember the effort that one unknown quilter made so long ago.
I have noticed that in a lot of antique quilts, the corners are stretched out, so I am careful not to pick it up often, and never by the very corners. I will never wash it, that is for sure!! Well, I don't surf e-bay anymore to buy, but just to look and admire once in a while.
Have a wonderful day on this Monday!!!