I have 3 vintage quilt tops to share today. I have been busy in the garden the last few days so since I haven’t done a lot of hand quilting I thought you might enjoy a look at a few tops that are going to be had quilted one day.
First is a 70’s top that spoke to me…I think it is so cool!
Those stars in the center are so far from flat! It will be a challenge to quilt it but it will be worth it. There are all kinds of fun fabrics in this. Cotton, poly cotton, poly. This is a quilt that someone made with all kinds of leftover scraps….likely all from clothing. We are a bit spoiled these days, we buy quilt shop fabrics with only quilt making in mind for them. In the 70’s there weren’t quilt shops for the most part. Quilts were made from apparel fabrics.
This is hand pieced, the quilt police would have a fit with the huge stitches and giant seam allowances. But he do the job.
Here are some pictures that show the fabrics (click pictures to enlarge)
Next is another scrappy top from the 70’s …lots of polyester double-knit, cotton poly blends, and a great plaid for the sashing
Here are some close ups (click pictures to enlarge)
And last is a top made from Seersucker.
Seersucker is a thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checkered, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear. The word came into English from Hindustani (Urdu and Hindi), and originates from the words “kheer aur shakkar”, literally meaning “rice pudding and sugar”, probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth texture of milk and the bumpy texture of sugar. Seersuckers are made in plain colors, stripes, plaids, checks and prints. Seersucker is used in curtains and summer suiting, dresses, and sportswear, and apparently also quilts.
The top is machine pieced and well made. It is light as a feather, perfect for summer. I will use the thinnest batting I can find when I quilt it.
Here are more pictures (click to enlarge)