Some quilts call my name and I just can’t resist. I have 2 today from the 70’s.
First is a polyester double knit quilt top. The design is pretty great.
The fabrics might not be for everyone but I think they are great.
It is all hand pieced, but it is poly so the seams don’t press flat.
It is going to be a great quilt some day.
Next is another 70’s top in the trip around the world pattern
It is far from perfect but something about it said save me.
The fabrics are an assortment of cotton and cotton poly blends.
It is hand pieced.
however not well made
I do not plan to over fix it. I think I will just hand quilt it as it is. Not every quilt needs to be perfect. I think it is easy for us to lose sight of the real intended use of a quilt. They are to keep us warm. Most quilters of the past would never have imagined seeing their quilts hanging on a wall and considered a work of art. Sure they wanted them to look good and some were amazingly detailed and elaborate but for many quilts function came first.
When I make a quilt myself I do try to be accurate. I measure, I try for even seam allowances etc. but I have a lot of advantages over the quilters who made these. I have a cutting mat and rotary cutter, and lots of templates, and rulers, and fabric that is so much easier to work with. We also have so many resources. Information for us is just a few clicks away on the internet. I have no way to know who made these or what their background was, If anyone taught them quilting or if they were figuring it out on their own, or how they intended to use them. I do know that they appeal to me in a much different way than a beautifully made show quilt. When I was a kid there was nothing better than getting home from school or church and changing out of my “good” clothes and into my “play” clothes (I still feel that way). These quilts are like the play clothes…meant to be comfortable and sturdy and no worry about ruining them.
Teddy decided he wanted to play on this one. He brought his bone for his picture
I did another block on the string quilt.
One of these I did by machine, and seeing the picture I can’t tell which one. I am going to finish it all by machine. It went a lot faster and the results are about the same. only 10 blocks to go :)