Several years ago I purchased a quilt top on eBay. The seller said that it was from a Pennsylvania farm auction, and made by an Amish woman. I have no idea how I could prove that to be be true but I do know that I have been putting off quilting it forever.
After I finished the Tree of Life quilt I began to think of making a full sized whole cloth quilt and this quilt top came to mind. I have no Idea how old it is but the marking is done.
I know that the marking is very difficult to see in the picture because it is pretty faint. The maker used a blue pencil to make out the feathers, and a regular pencil to mark the gridwork. It would be nice if there was not a seam down the center but I can live with it.
I purchased a backing fabric at AQS this summer and also a supply of wool batting so I had all I needed to get going on it…and I am currently excited about whole cloth so its a good time to start.
What I have heard before, and now know to be true!, batik fabric is hard to quilt!! This is not going to be a fast quilt to finish …the last one was muslin, front and back, the needle glides through like a dream….not so with batik.
I think it will be worth the effort.
I am using Hobbs wool Tuscany Batting, and YIL thread with a #11 between needle and an 18″ quilting hoop.
here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)