I have a pair of vintage tops today.
These came from the same seller who got them at a farm auction in Omaha Nebraska. I am sure they were made by the same person. They have so many fabrics that are the same.
This blue one (presumably for a boy)
and a pink one (for a girl)
The are in pretty good condition despite the fact that they have been washed. Washing a vintage top prior to quilting is never a good idea. They can fray so much in the washing machine that they fall apart! In this case the only real damage is a lot of thread that will need trimming.
They also will need a bit of repair to make them easier to quilt
The solid fabric is larger than the pieced sections and then forced to “fit” causing a lot of puckering
The edge of this one almost looks ruffled. I will need to take off the solid fabrics, press all the pieces, measure and re-cut the solids and sew it all back together.
Here are pictures of the blue one (click pictures to enlarge)
And here are pictures of the pink one
I think these should always stay together. They are different. the pieced sections in the pink are wider than in the blue (one square wider) But I like to imagine that they were planned to be given to siblings and I hate to break up a family.