If you have been following my progress for the past month you know that I have been working on hand quilting a vintage New York Beauty quilt top.
Here is the first post I did about it https://timquilts.com/2014/04/03/
The top was beautiful but had a lot of problems. It was not flat or square. It was beautifully conceived but not well made. When I start to work on a vintage quilt top I have to make a decision about what to do. Do I re-make it, or do I leave it as it is and only fix it as much is a needed to quilt it. In this case I did not make any major alterations…while quilting it I did need to take a few tucks to remove bulges but It is, for the most part, exactly as made.
It might be hard to see in the picture but there is not a straight line in it. here are a few pictures of the finished quilt with a long ruler laid across it to show how off it is.
I know this would drive many people crazy but to me this irregularity is part of the beauty of the quilt. Some would call this work “primitive” but I would call it “liberated” . It is as if the maker of the top was not concerned with technical issues and focused on the overall vision. I think of piecing a top myself and how much effort goes into matching up seams, not cutting off points, making it square, worry about where the bias edges are….exhausting! The maker of this top (wish I knew who) clearly was not under the control of the quilt police. to me it feels energetic and spontaneous and exciting.
Here are more pictures (click to enlarge)
Now It has to go back to its owner Bill Volckening where it will join an impressive collection of New York Beauty Quilts. I have another (very different) of his New York Beauty quilt tops to do next and will post pictures of that soon.