Monday, February 04, 2013

Surprise quilt...

Almost every guild meeting someone brings a vintage or antique quilt for me to look at.

This month the owner asked if I would look at a quilt her grandmother made...or maybe her great-grandmother....

I was expecting a 1920's or 30's quilt.  Well, take about 75 years off of that!  (So maybe her great-great-grandmother?)  The handwriting is same in each block but the names are different.  She believes it to be the names of children in a second grade class.  She knows she comes from a long line of school teachers.  The quilt comes from upper state New York. 

There are some beautiful fabrics in this quilt.  The quilting is well done and similar to applique quilts I've seen circa 1850...random shapes and some swirl designs.

The binding is back to front and sewn down with a sewing machine.  (If you had one it was worth showing off!)  Interestingly the machine stitches are larger than the hand quilting stitches...

10 comments:

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures - what a beautiful quilt! I loved the close shots of the fabrics.

Janet O. said...

What a wonderful treasure! Wish I had any quilters in my family beyond my mother.

Kathie said...

love seeing the close up of the fabrics, just a beautiful quilt.
what a treasure, Kathie

Me and My Stitches said...

Don't you just love your job!? This is such a treasure, thanks for sharing it - love the fabrics.

Karendianne said...

Wow, this is so incredibly… magical! Thank you for sharing.

The Civil War Quilter said...

What a beauty!

judith lockhart said...

Interesting! Some of those stripes in the first block remind me of past Jinny Beyer stripes.

Kimme said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Merilyn said...

Another wonderful antique quilt, the fabrics still look so vibrant!!!!

Loris said...

Beautiful quilt! Interesting that there are no borders....like the 'modern' book that shows quilts without borders :-)