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.