I have been working on an antique quilt top. It was made in about 1900 and I believe in the south ( I say this because it came to me from Florida)
It is a great combination of fabrics, and I love it, but it was a bit of a mess. It had been washed so there was a lot of threads to cut off of the back, and the sashing was very puckered…it was stretched as it was sewn and that made it almost pleated around the blocks with the blocks distorted.
I decided that I would take it apart and put it back together to make it more uniform and flat.
here is some of what I cut off
the fabric pieces are the extra sashing that was gathered up into the top as it was put together. The pile is the thread mess from it being washed.
After I had the sashing out and the blocks pressed I realized that it was never going to be right. The blocks varied in size as much as an inch and a half and were anything but square!
Because I was thinking a Southern woman made it I remembered a phrase that a friend of mine often uses ….”Bless your heart”
This is a term used by the people of the southern United States to express to someone that they are an idiot without saying such harsh words or to excuse themselves for speaking ill of someone else.
when I saw the blocks all I could think was “bless her heart”
I think you can see how off they are! I had a few choices. I could take the blocks apart as well, and re piece them all…that would take forever and be not a lot of fun. I could trim them all to the same size and make them square but that would chop off most of the points and pretty much destroy them. I opted to put it back together the best I could and try to make it flat and quiltable.
There are a few puckered bits in there that I need to go back and fix but overall not bad. It is about 70″ x 90″ and I plan to use a thick batting….puffiness hides imperfection!
I think I will hand quilt this one next…It shouldn’t take long because I plan to do a fan pattern and do it all without any marking.