I shared my newest, old project.
This is the two sided
antique quilt that was gifted to me.
I suppose the quilter really looked at this quilt in
the reverse order from how I have,
with the crazy quilt as side one, the glamorous top,
and the pieced rectangles as the lowly backing, side two.
But it's side two that has
stood the test of time.
The fabrics from side two
are late 19th century prints
simply cut into 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch
sewn by hand into long strips and
then sewn together.
The crazy quilt has a date of 1893
embroidered on a brown velvet square.
I have no expertise in
vintage fabrics and many of the fabrics
that were in the top
were silks, linens, wools and it also seemed like other
types of fabric that I didn't know how to identify.
Like the brown fabric under the horseshoe embroidery
is all loopy with twisted threads.
That fabric just seemed weird.
So that made me wonder if the date was correct.
The batting was interesting too.
It was cotton, old and a bit musty.
And across the whole piece,
which was pretty much all intake,
were these large machine chained stitched,
stay stitching threads.
The rows were approximately 4 inches apart.
I didn't know if that was how batting generally was produced
at that time, or
was it someone's homemade batting?
Kind of weird.
But I did find one small
dating clue stitched in the crazy quilt side.
There was a small piece of ribbon partially stitched
into a couple of seams.
August 20, 21 '90
I've stared at that diagonal line
of printing wishing it would
come into focus.
what picnic this quiltmaker went to
123 years ago yesterday?
I'll probably never know.
So it makes me wonder
if in my next quilt,
should I add
a few interesting clues to the top
to make a quilter in the future
wonder who I was?
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