Remember this quilt top that I got a few days ago…..I could not resist starting work on it.
The first step was to separate all the blocks and press them to see what I had to work with. The blocks are so very uneven and irregular that I will have my work cut out for me putting this back together!
look at this block next to a ruler
and now look at this one
the difference is about 2″…no wonder the top didn’t lay flat!
here are a few blocks stacked up …see how they are all different sizes
there are 3 blocks there….bottom is blue, then pink check, then double pink….and no straight lines in sight.
I don’t want to take apart the blocks and re-do them….I want to leave the top as close to the original makes work as possible, this is a restoration not a re-design…but I do want to make it flat and quiltable.
I can’t cut them all down to the same size with out loosing a lot of fabric! but what I can do is use similar sized blocks in each row….as long as the width of each block on each row is the same I should be able to make it work…some will be 11″ wide (and various lengths)
and some will be 12″…I think I can make that work.
the lengths will all be different but as long as each row turns out to be 92 inches total after they are sewn together I will be able to re-attach the red fabric and have a flat top. If I need to add some additional length I can add a strip of vintage fabric (essentially another log) to a block or 2.
A few of the blocks had some logs almost completely cut out in an effort to make them fit…they will need some fabric replacement
I did find that a few of the blocks still had the fabric label attached to the back. Today fabric has the “label” right in the selvage…lots of writing in there…old fabric had a sticker , and this quilter didn’t bother to take it off.
Pressing vintage blocks is sometimes a challenge. These blocks are all far from square but I can get them a bit closer to square if I spray them with water and then pin them down to the pressing mat as close to square as I can get them and then press.
The other part of pressing fabric this old is that there is often a lot of starch in the fabric…starching was a fairly common part of ironing so many blocks are loaded with it….why would that be a problem? look at the iron!
A good cleaning is on order when the project is done.
check back soon to see the progress