After I finished the treadle quilting on the last quilt ( https://timquilts.com/2016/02/03/free-motion-treadle-video/) I began thinking of the hundreds of quilt tops I have. Some of them are really great and deserve hand quilting. Some of them aren’t so great. One of the reasons a quilt top gets packed away and not quilted it that the maker wasn’t really happy with it. Most often it seems that it is because they really aren’t flat and therefore very hard to quilt. I decided to try quilting one of my less than perfect tops with the treadle .
It might be hard to see how off this one is in the picture but it really is bumpy
The pink center squares are polyester knit. Polyester was first introduced to the American public in 1951. It was advertised as a miracle fiber that could be worn for 68 days straight without ironing and still look presentable. It still looks presentable and it does help date the top as no earlier than 1951.
I could have separated all the blocks, pressed them, squared them up to all the same size and reassembled it but this one just didn’t seem like it was worth the effort….sometimes a quilt top is in really bad shape but it speaks to me and says fix me…this one didn’t.
I used Natures touch cotton batting and a green print backing fabric and pin basted it as flat as I could. I used a walking foot to sew between the blocks and then free motion quilted on the Treadle machine.
Here you can see how it looked part way through the quilting.
The setting squares really were puffy! It made for a challenge to quilt that out without a bunch of puckers and pleats. There are a few but overall it turned out pretty good.
Lots of quilting helped push down the fabric and make it look flat.
I washed and dried it and the shrink of the batting causes the “antique crinkled look” which hides many flaws. There are quite a few stains that did not wash out.
I’ll spot treat them and wash it again to see if they come out.
The finished quilt is 72″ 84″ . Here are some pictures , It just came out of the dryer so it is a bit wrinkled (click pictures to enlarge)
Teddy tested it
He says “not bad”
I am back to work on my applique rose top.