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I went to the beach yesterday. These are pictures of the snow and sand in Grand Haven MI on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Here is the lighthouse
It is really amazing what the wind and water do. It was pretty cold with the wind off of the lake but I am glad I went to the beach to see how it looks in the winter. It is a bit different in the summer.
I was in Grand Haven for a quilt presentation for the Lighthouse Quilt Guild and it was a great group! I think I brought 25 quilts to share and had great fun. Thanks to all.
While I was intown I stopped by a shop called Old Things. They had an old quilt which I couldn’t pass up.
It really is not normally one of my favorite patterns.
I do have a few old tops in the pattern.
These are sort of oddballs the first one, from the 40’s I think, has a sort of random look because the paths are not all one color. The second one, from about 1900, when new would have not had any tan in it. Red Dyes of the time (non Turkey red) were pretty unstable and even without washing the red faded to tan over time. This maker had 2 different red fabrics, one stable and one not, but would have no way to know at the time what it would look like 100 years later.
Back to the new quilt.
It really is quite common to see Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts from the 30’s. It was a tremendously popular pattern. I think what attracted me to this one is the red. It was much more common for the paths between the flowers to be green. Hexagons have had a real resurgence in the past few years and they are usually English paper pieced these days. These quilts from the 30’s were generally not paper pieced. Just plain old hand piecing.
The piecing is well done on this one. The quilting not so much.
The stitches are pretty large and uneven but the quilting is done in the most traditional way for this pattern, each hexagon is outline quilted. The backing is blue
there is no binding, the edges were turned under and whip stitch closed.
It is hard to tell from the pictures but it was pretty dirty, most likely from storage.
I can tell that it has been previously washed. Again it is hard to tell in the pictures but the white fabric is sort of pale pink, the red fabric ran in the wash.
Since it was a sturdy quilt, with no real wear and since it had previously been washed I decided to was it again.
Some antique quilts should not be washed, very rare, old, fragile quilts might be ruined in the wash. This is none of those things, it is not that old (relative to quilt history) it isn’t rare, and it isn’t fragile, and dirty as it is it isn’t usable. So I washed it in the machine, with OxiClean and Tide and hot water and then dried it in the dryer. Some of my quilt historian friends are probably cringing at the thought! This is pretty harsh and some people will start with a much more gentle treatment such as hand washing with Orvus But don’t worry I know it will be fine.
Here it is fresh out of the dryer, all stains gone.
Now it is clean and I won’t be afraid to use it. It is about 85″ x 74″ , the batting is pretty thin so I think I will save it for spring.
I knew it would be a late before I got home from Grand Haven so Teddy spent the night at The Elegant Pooch and got groomed by his girlfriend Julie. Today he got to try out the freshly washed quilt.
He knows when he is looking good 😉 His new bandanna from the “spa” has little hearts on it.
I have a ton of quilts to put away so back to work.