Another vintage top finished! I added muslin borders to make it bigger and quilted with a simple butterfly meander.
The butterflies are all done by hand. Look at the details in the stitches – especially that Blanket Stitch! Amazing art!
It’s always a privilege for me to finish these vintage tops. Most have been “safely” tucked away and no one gets to enjoy the art from the past.
Years ago I would cringed when one was brought to me – Should I quilt this? Is it valuable? Will machine quilting lessen the value? Will the “quilt police” show up? Can they be quilted by machine? I had lots of questions and the only answer seemed to be -NO – never machine quilt vintage quilts!
Never being one to take NO for an answer I’ve quilted many vintage tops over the years. And many who’ve had those quilt tops tucked away are now able to use, display and enjoy some family treasures.
Do you have some quilts or quilt tops tucked away?
I had the pleasure of quilting this quilt last week. My friend Honey brought it in – what a treasure – all hand pieced ( and a little wonky)! She told me her great grandmother made it and she’s kept it in her cedar chest for years. I wish I had taken a before picture as it wasn’t even close to square. Kind of parallelogram shaped would be more accurate. I trimmed the edges ( no binding around hexies for this girl) and squared it up as much as I could. The fabric in this quilt is pristine; no stains, no discoloration and no fading.
Quilting was a challenge. I used spray starch and steam to tame those “fuller” areas. We decided on a simple loopy meander – made it easier to work in the extra fabric.
Honey picked up her quilt today and she loved it! She had done some research on her great-grandmother. Her name is Gertrude Amheiser from Juniata, PA. She was born in 1869 – 148 years ago. There’s no information on when she died. So this quilt is probably at least 100 years old. Love these family keepsakes!
The backing and the binding are unbleached muslin. I’ve always been fond of the backs of quilts.
I am a first generation quilter – no vintage tops or quilts in my family. I was lucky enough to purchase some vintage quilts that belonged to my great aunt. I blogged about them years ago – if I can find it I’ll post it again.
Do you have vintage quilt tops or quilts in your family? Do you use and enjoy them or are they tucked away?