Today I got an new(old) quilt top in the mail. The pattern is called “String Quilt” and here is the pattern from Ruby McKim’s book 101 Patchwork Patterns (first published in 1931 but reprinted many times so that does not help to date the top)
I got it from eBay, the seller is from Georgia so I assume that the quilt top was made in that general area. I can not tell when this was made. Solid fabrics are difficult to date, and the fact that it has been washed adds to the difficulty, I can sometimes get a feel for date by the feel of the fabric (although I have a hard time convincing anyone of that) but once it is washed the feel is gone.
This is such a cool quilt top with such a bold look but unfortunately some idiot washed it!
when an un-quilted top is washed all the seam allowances fray and the seams open up and it becomes difficult to repair the seams because the meat of the pieces is all frayed away….there is no seam allowance left to sew back together so you need to sew into the remaining fabric and that causes puckers and bunches.
Having said that I think I can fix it suitably to get it quilted. One thing about this one is that it is far from flat. some of the blocks bulge in rather unattractive ways.
borders on the obscene.
Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)