At first I thought those were faded areas, but upon closer inspection, I'm not so sure. The blue fabrics look like shirting, and the paler blues are not the same pattern as the darker ones.
Maybe this quilt was made from old shirts or dresses? Maybe the quiltmaker bought or was given some fabric but there wasn't enough to make her queen sized quilt? It is big, measuring 75X90"!
The block is new to me; I've never seen this.
|It isn't square, as I'd first thought; it's a hexagon with triangles and diamonds pieced in along the sides, and lots of Y-seams.|
|MacGyver saw it with the blue ones; said it reminds him of a Maltese cross. I saw a white 'star' where the blocks come together. It has a 3D effect to me here!|
I just love the scalloped edge.
Yep, you see that some edges are fraying. I'm okay with a well-used quilt! The texture is just incredible:
It is hand-quilted, 10 stitches to the inch. Do you count the top and bottom stitches? I presume you do not; I counted 10 stitches on the top per inch, 19-20 if you count the gaps where those on the bottom layer show. Way better than this girl's handquilting!
There are wreaths in the large white areas...
Here is a better photo showing the overlapping wavy lines quilted in the borders. I think this is called a cable design. It's one of my favourite quilting motifs. In fact, on my Stars Christmas runner, I did this very one along the edges. :-) Well, not as many lines; there are 8 altogether here!
I am so pleased that with all this white there is barely a mark on it. I did wash it after talking to Julie of Pink Doxies, on the delicate cycle in my tumbling washing machine. I laid it flat to dry, easing the scallops into place. It didn't come out as soft because of air-drying, so right near the end when it was barely damp, I put it in the dryer for 10 minutes. It softened up a bit, but not like it was originally. So I'm a bit sad I did wash it after all.
A cotton batting was used, but it has let go in most places except around the quilting lines. I'm guessing it to be from the 1930s/1940s. Any thoughts on that? It came from New York State.
This brings my antique quilt collection to a total of three!
|No sombrero needed on MacGyver's head this time; he used his head and both arms spread wide but still couldn't hold out straight the entire quilt!|
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