I finished the Utility/scrappy quilt today.
It started out as an eBay purchase
I did a bit of work on it but mostly left it as it was…it has some very interesting stitching…huge stitches with thread that is better described as string
I was very tempted to take it apart and ‘fix’ it but I made myself let it be what it was. I did add a border to make it straight on the edges and a bit wider. see how the edges were wavy. It finished at about 80″ x 100″
Here it is pin basted
I used a poly batting because I felt that was appropriate to the age of the top…Perhaps 1970
I did not try to do ‘perfect’ quilting, I let the top direct the quilting, following the piecing and quilting with the intention of taking up the areas where there was extra fullness and flattening it out. I used cotton hand quilting thread and a #9 needle. It took about 400 yards of thread.
You can see the quilting best on the back…it just came out of the drier and has a few damp spots…I couldn’t wait to take pictures
As I worked on it I found myself wondering about who made it . I know the seller is From CA. and said it was made by a friends mom , but that is all I know. As I look at the fabrics I see that there are several fabrics the are the same but in different colors
I would not expect that someone had several garments in the same fabric but different colors. Did the maker know someone who worked in a fabric store or a garment factory? I don’t think that the maker did because of the less than accurate piecing, but someone could have given her a bag of scraps.
The striped fabrics look like dress fabrics to me. There are also a few bits of red corduroy , some striped canvas, some muslin, a few bits of polyester, one of which I quilted my name into.
I should have also added the date…I might go back and do that
This is the fastest I have ever finished a quilt ( fast but I did work on it for as much as 16 hours a day) and I am so pleased with the result. It is a big departure from the quilting that I normally do and I think this type of quilt often gets overlooked or looked on as ‘less than’ a quality quilt. I think it is beautiful. It is not beautiful in the same way as perfectly pieced precisely quilted show quilt, or a perfectly tended weed free garden. It is beautiful in the way a wildflower growing in a patch of untended ground is beautiful.