Utility Scrappy Quilt complete

utility quilt done

I finished the Utility/scrappy quilt today.

It started out as an eBay purchase

I did a bit of work on it but mostly left it as it was…it has some very interesting stitching…huge stitches with thread that is better described as string

I was very tempted to take it apart and ‘fix’ it but I made myself let it be what it was.  I did add a border to make it straight on the edges and a bit wider.  see how the edges were wavy. It finished at about 80″ x 100″

Here it is pin basted

I used a poly batting because I felt that was appropriate to the age of the top…Perhaps 1970

I did not try to do ‘perfect’ quilting, I let the top direct the quilting, following the piecing and quilting with the intention of taking up the areas where there was extra fullness and flattening it out. I used cotton hand quilting thread and a #9 needle.  It took about 400 yards of thread.

You can see the quilting best on the back…it just came out of the drier and has a few damp spots…I couldn’t wait to take pictures

As I worked on it I found myself wondering about who made it .  I know the seller is From CA. and said it was made by a friends mom , but that is all I know.   As I look at the fabrics I see that there are several fabrics the are the same but in different colors

I would not expect that someone had several garments in the same fabric but different colors.  Did the maker know someone who worked in a fabric store or a garment factory?  I don’t think that the maker did because of the less than accurate piecing, but someone could have given her a bag of scraps.

The striped fabrics look like dress fabrics to me.  There are also a few bits of red corduroy , some striped canvas, some muslin, a few bits of polyester, one of which I quilted my name into.

I should have also added the date…I might go back and do that

This is the fastest I have ever finished a quilt ( fast but I did work on it for as much as 16 hours a day) and I am so pleased with the result.  It is a big departure from the quilting that I normally do and I think this type of quilt often gets overlooked or looked on as ‘less than’ a quality quilt.  I think it is beautiful.  It is not beautiful in the same way as perfectly pieced precisely quilted show quilt, or a perfectly tended weed free garden.  It is beautiful in the way a wildflower growing in a patch of untended ground is beautiful.

Happy Quilting

Tim

I must be crazy

crazy?

Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking.  When I unpacked this top and looked at it I had a moment where I thought I must be crazy.  Why would I want a quit top that is such a mess?  Do I need to save every orphan?

Teddy says no JUST ME.

Here is what the eBay seller had to say about it in the listing

VINTAGE (PRE 1980) LARGE HANDSTITCHED QUILT TOP
UNFINISHED
102″ X 81″
PATCHWORK SCRAP FABRIC 
FRIENDS MOM WHO PASSED AWAY HAD STARTED THE PROJECT YEARS AGO, AND HAS BEEN PACKED AWAY
THERE IS A STAIN ON AN IVORY PIECE THAT MAY OR MAY NOT COME OUT, APPEARS TO BE MAYBE TEA OR COFFEE SPILL, BUT NOT SURE
UNIQUE AND MADE WITH LOVE

It looks like it was for sure made with scrap fabric….some of the fabric is pretty cool

It is anything but square

or flat

where things didn’t fit just take a few tucks.

the really unusual thing is the stitching

looks like about 2.5 stitches per inch and that ‘thread’ looks like string!

So I have to decide what to do with it.   I think I can take it apart into rows, press it and sew it back together to make it flat.  I like the crazy look

Maybe I am not crazy…time will tell.

here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

Don’t believe everything you read

I am sure it is no surprise that I look at eBay a lot!  One of the things that drives me crazy is incorrect information.  Quilts and quilt tops are often misidentified and more often than not they are misdated.

I spotted one a few days ago.  A lovely quilt top

Very cute I thought.  Nice bright 40′s and 50′s fabrics

look at that funky paisley on the left.

The seller listed this as being made in 1890…based upon family provenance.   Yikes….family got that one wrong, so I wrote to the seller, the seller added a note at the bottom of the listing which I don’t think people read….it sold for $197.24 with 25 bids, I hope that the buyer knew what they were buying.

Sometimes I buy something that I know is not correctly identified in the listing.  I just got a new quilt top and this is what the listing said.

UNUSUAL, DIAGONAL, VINTAGE, 40S, FOLK ART, STRING SNAKE TRAIL, PATCHWORK, QUILT TOP

*MACHINE PIECED AND HAND TIED

*CIRCA:  1940′S

*OLD COTTONS

*MEASUREMENT: 74″ X 86″

*CONDITION: VERY GOOD ANTIQUE CONDITION.

 

It is a great top, but not what the seller said it was (I knew that they had it wrong but I wanted it anyway)

Machine pieced yes…hand tied?…its a top, not a tied quilt, nor was it ever tied

Circa 1940′s…not so much….I think 60′s

Old cottons….no, its poly/cotton gabardine.  Very heavy fabric that weighs a lot

Measurements 76″ X 86″ …close but it is 70″ x 77″

The condition is good so they got that right.

So they had all the info wrong (even though the seller is a quilt “expert”) but I didn’t care about that…I like it…I love it…I can’t wait to quilt it…look at those colors…the pink pops are great!

here are some individual blocks.

It will make a great quilt…super thick and warm…and tough as iron.

but always question what an eBay seller says….”experts” don’t always know

Happy Quilting

Tim

house quilts for sale (but not mine)

Great time span quilt, from the collection of Bill Volckening.  Made in upstate New York. See bill's website  http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/ and contact him for more details.

I have become obsessed with the little red schoolhouse quilt  pattern lately (see the previous post for picture of the progress on hand quilting mine). My friend Kristen sent me a link to one for sale on eBay so  I decided to see what else was out there on eBay.  I typed in “house quilt” on the search line and I got quit a few examples!  Here a just a few of the many I found.( click pictures to enlarge )

The quilts can be found on eBay by using the item numbers in the search line.

So what do you think of these? Lots of different takes on the theme and there are so many more.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Another eBay Treasure

Todays mail brought me another treasure from eBay. 

I don’t know the pattern name but it is close to a lone star. 

I always know when the mail carrier is here because Teddy the watch dog is very vigilant!   Barking at the Mail carrier is his Job. When there is a package he won’t rest until I open it up and let him see what it is…he needs to determine if it is something good for him or not and of course spend some time sniffing before he approves.

Is it going to be ok Teddy?  Teddy says yes.

It is a big top, It measures 88″ x 105″.  There is a lot of room for hand quilting!  I will need to spend some time deciding on a quilting pattern. This one is exciting me and I can not wait to start….I think it needs a blue binding to match the darker blue in the center, and perhaps even dark blue for the backing.

I can’t get very close on the age of the top…I think 70′s?  It is all machine stitched and the fabric is a cotton poly blend (the print is all cotton).  Not and antique but vintage.

I am making progress on the Japanese fan variation quilt.  I have 40 blocks had quilted.

No matter how many quilts I make I am still always amazed at how the quilting changes the look.  The quilting makes the quilt.

Yesterday I got a new cutting mat!  A nice big one…36″ x 59″

The large mat will be an incentive to put away all the “extra” stuff on the table…I need almost the entire table to fit the mat.

Back to work today on the fan quilt….I am anxious to finish it so I can start the big star!

I also updated my Quilt Gallery

Happy Quilting

Tim

Double Nine Patch vintage UFO

I recently got another pile of ufo pieces in the mail. I think I need to seek a support group for people who can’t stop buying from eBay.  Anyway there are several double nine patch blocks and a stack of nine patches that didn’t get finished into the double blocks.

They are nicely done, with very tiny hand stitching and good strong fabric (need a good pressing) so How should they be used?

I laid them out to see what they look like.  Here is a simple setting just lining them up

I like that….what would happen if I set them on point?

Well I like that as well.  what about alternating the blocks with solid fabric?

but I also have those unfinished pieces

Perhaps those aren’t unfinished.  were they intended to be used as corner stones in the sashing?

What do you think? 

For comparison here are a few from the quilt index

It continues to amaze me how many different patterns can be made with simple squares!

Happy quilting

Tim