Another eBay quilt top arrived yesterday. I could not resist…I am powerless over antique quilt tops.
How could I pass it up? It has some of my favorite fabrics, cheddar, indigo, double pink, madder paisley, purple (which ages to a grey purple). It has large squares for some fun hand quilting, it is good-sized, 76″ x 96″, and It is a pattern that I didn’t have. So how much did it cost?…….drumroll……$21.50
some close-ups of the blocks (click to enlarge )
Why so cheap?
Someone thought it would be a good idea to wash it. While I am not opposed to washing I do think that it is best to be careful! this is what can happen when you aren’t
I still think It is great!…I can overlook the bleach spots(or whatever caused them) and the fading in a few spots, the overall is still great. Sometimes when a top is washed it falls apart but this one was very well made…the stitches are so small and tight and even(I don’t think I could do as well)
As you can see I have some trimming of loose threads to do as a result of the washing.
I don’t often start a quilt as soon as it arrives but I started planning this one as soon as I unpacked it.
In an earlier post I wrote about some vintage templates that I have. This quilt called out for one of those. Here is the one I will use.
The large squares fit this template perfectly
The half blocks will get a partial wreath
The pieced blocks, Odd Fellow’s Or Wild Goose Chase (I can’t decide which to call it) will be outline quilted by the piece.
I mark with a clover wash away marking pen when the fabric is light-colored. I did a test and it washes out with no problem.
I have a nice wide (108′) backing fabric to use
It is “Documentaries by Benartex” . I think it feels at home with the top. I will likely use an indigo binding. The bating will be cotton.
Now I have to finish up the marking, get it laid out and basted together and get to the fun part….Quilting!
I will keep the progress posted.