Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Latest Quirky Old Quilt

While at the Sister's show I happened upon this String Quilt at one of the local Antique shops located on the main drag in Sister's.  A humble quilt top to be sure, but full of interesting details!
Right off you can see that the center rows were probably made at the same time while bottom and top rows were added on at some later date.
Here's the back side.
It was clearly foundation pieced on to newsprint, but unfortunately the paper has been torn out leaving only unidentifiable remnants.
The blocks are mostly machine pieced but here and there were some hand sewn strips.
The lavender flowered fabric is a rayon.  This is the add-on row at the top.  The rayon sashing is probably the main reason the top row is so wonky!  
The fabrics are mostly '30's, 40's maybe reaching into the 50's.  The striped and dotted shirtings make it difficult to say because they were so widely used over a long period of time?!
But this tan floral fab (only one piece in the lower right) is like that kid's game asking "guess which one does not belong?"
Did the maker reach deep into their granny's scrap bag to the 1800's for that scrap or is it some random 30's reproduction?
I don't know but it's fun to speculate!
Have a great week!
Cheers, Claire W.


  1. interesting fabric study, with the added bonus of being a cool looking top. What are you going to do with it, Claire?

  2. Love seeing these old quilts, thanks for showing!

  3. I really like your close look at this quilt--fascinating!

  4. So interesting to analyse this, and it's pretty too.