Sunday, April 26, 2009

I've made a bit more progress with my challenge quilt...it is about half sewn together. Should finish the top tomorrow and if I am lucky get a back ready for it.
I'm not sure if Brownie appoves of the new style or not....

After several days of MD appointments my Dh took pity on me and drove me down to a real country auction about an hour from here. There was great folk art going under the hammer and I kick myself for not pushing him harder to get the pink dancing chicken but he said it was just a bit scarey. Oh, well.

We did end up with two quits. Both of them are southern. They came from the same collection as the artwork and the pottery. This first one is most likely from the 1940's. It looks as if the baskets were all done by different people. The baskets and flowers are appliqued with a running stitch and have french knots in the flower centers. The quality of the stitching varies pretty widely. Also, the flowers and petals are arranged just slightly different in the blocks. This quitl also has the most unusual "binding" I have ever seen...more like a ruffle but not really a ruffle...there is a two inch fold of pink fabric with no batting inside around the entire quilt. Has anyone seen anything like this before? There was another one in the auction done the same way but it was in very poor condition so I didn't get it.

Tomorrow will be spent giving this a really good bath...it has some age spots and some general dirt that needs to go before it joins the rest of the gang. It should be a warm day again without too much humidity so a good quilt washing day.

8 comments:

Mary said...

How fun - I love basket quilts and one day I'll make one myself.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a wonderful quilt! I can see you are still adding to your collection :o)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I'm amazed Brownie hasn't surfed the whole quilt into a pile in the corner. hmm you like this quilt eh? part of your Noah's Arc collection - had to have it cuz you didn't have one like it already?

Gina said...

Beautifull choice of yours on this vintage quilt you bought at the auction.

Karen said...
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Karen said...

Wonderful quilt. How are you going to wash it?

*karendianne. said...

How neat. I love that quilt and NOW I see Brownie. She makes me so happy. I wont complain anymore, I promise!!!

Lynda said...

Love the quilt. Never seen a binding like that, but it's an idea!