Today I have some progress pictures and some new antique tops and as usual in the summer some more garden pictures
First the basket quilt I have been working on. Hand quilting circles with 12 weight Aurifil thread, and I am now using Big Stitch Needles by Pepper Corey for Colonial Needle…they are great!
Big stitch quilting goes pretty fast…I am doing about 6 or 7 stitches per inch….which for big stitch is actually rather small….I would say that the stitches can be 1/4″ with about 1/8″ between stitches….it really depends on the desired look.
Here is what I have done so far
The back shows the quilting better
I have also been working on the Basket of Lilies (Carolina Lily)
I am pretty close to finishing…I do need to guilt several of the sashing pieces and one basket and a few more of the setting triangles…but the end is in sight
I got a few new antique quilt tops….This string pieced top is very interesting because as of now I am unable to find a pattern source for it. The top is from about 1900 and the published patterns I can find for similar designs are from much later
It is interesting to look at these old tops and imagine what they looked like when new. In this case when it was new the sashing would have been red. Dyes at the time often had the problem of fading to this rather odd peachy tan. This happened on it own…this top was never washed buit the dye faded anyway.
The fading is often irregular…this picture shows an area where more of the red remains
and this shows a much more faded area
The block have a nice variety of fabrics, some more worn than others, since the top has never been washed I have to assume the make used some fabrics from old clothing along with some scraps of unused fabrics to make the top.
The next top is an Eastern Star, designed by Home Art Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, 1932-33. It’s No. 4001 in the Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of pieced quilt patterns.
It is far from flat….the star in the center is made in a circle and then has pieces added to the corners….notice all the bulging around that circle. It will need to be re worked to make it quiltable. I imagine that is why it was never quilted.
The emblem of the female Masonic organization, the Order of the Eastern Star. The symbol is a complex one, and is said to represent the Star of Bethlehem, symbolizing the descent of spirit into matter- the divine in man, or even the presence of God on earth.
According to symboldictionary.net The book and pillar in the center of the star represent the Masonic Lodge’s “volume of sacred law” which is placed in the east.
The five implements typically pictured represent the five biblical women and their respective representation of Masonic virtues:
The sword and veil represent Adah, and the virtue of “obedience to duty”
A sheaf of barley represents Ruth, whose virtue is adherence to religious principles.
The crown and scepter represents Esther, who embodies the virtue of loyalty.
The broken column represents Martha, and the virtue of “endurance in trial.”
The “golden cup” represents Electa, and the virtue “endurance of persecution.”
I find the top very interesting, mainly because it is the first one of this design I have seen other than the picture of the pattern.
Last We have Teddy to show you his garden
Welcome to my garden Click pictures to enlarge