Good evening!! It is rare that I post after work...but here I am. I am making a table runner for Christmas. Lots of different reds. The melons are for hand applique. I was planning a big quilt but I think I would succumb to old Father time before I finished!!
I was recently gifted this quilt...a treasure. It is absolutely huge! At least 100x100.
My sister and I took it to quilt shop, and a quilt historian happened to be there. She said it was from 1850-1880. All the prints with black are quite shredded due the metals in the dyes, maybe? The quilting is by hand, the finest I have ever seen.
The quilting is at least 20 stitches to the inch. Some shredding is present...and it is finished by turning the back to the front, less the 1/8 of of inch for the binding.. Fine cotton batting is showing through. The back is homespun muslin. The yellow is the same throughout the quilt, and at first reminded me of 1930's, but the historian said it was pre-civil war. Hand piecing is evident, but so finely done, it is incredible!! Every point matches exactly...pretty darn fantastic for no electric lighting!
Any thoughts?? It is an oldie!! The oldest I have, for sure...