Sunday, January 23, 2011
New Old Orphan Quilt
A few weeks ago my DH got a quilt for me that I had seen on an auction house website. I usually will not do a phone bid if I haven't inspected the quilt. ( It was a general estate auction at a small auction house and they don't know much about quilts so what they say is excellent condition may really be well - not so excellent.)
That aside - I am really happy with this quilt...just so much to look at! It is in good condition. There is some wear on one end and the brown fabric on one block has shattered (but brown fabric of this time period is notorious for shattering...) Otherwise the fabrics are strong and maintained most of their colors.
It came from an estate in Abbeville, S.C. It just looks so southern to me...soft colors, lots of fabrics and big baptist fans quilted right across the quilt. The corners of the quilt are slightly rounded...this is my third southern quilt with "cheater" corners. It certainly makes binding a quilt easier...I wonder why we still don't do it like that?!
I think it is circa 1900...there are a few fabrics that are much earlier than that but a couple that read 1900 so as we go with the most recent that is the date. There is really nothing in the construction or design of the quilt to help with dating it. However if anyone sees something I've missed please let me know!