Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Project

 I know what I really should be doing.
But there's more to life than packing boxes.

A dear friend of mine recently gave me this
vintage quilt.
She told me that I might actually do something with it
whereas she probably wouldn't
so I gratefully accepted her gift.

It's not a prize winner.
But someone had stitched it together
and created a interesting quilt.

 This is one side.

It has some wonder examples of
turn of the century prints,

shirting, double pinks, black mourning prints,
Cadette blues, and claret reds.

 Each rectangle is 3 inches by 5 inches finished and
they're hand sewn together.

The quilt is tied and it has
a knife edge finish.

The fabrics are in perfect condition.
I could have some fun with these fabric pieces.

Wondering what's on the other side?
A crazy quilt

dated 1893.

This side is in very sad shape.
Many of the pieces are shredding and 
have disintegrated,
 but someones initials are still there.

I'm really not a fan of crazy quilts,
 but they are an incredible amount of work,
 with delightful embroidery.
They were a wonderful way to show off a person's
hand work with
all those different stitches.
 The quilt was incredible heavy.
 I envisioned that there must be another
quilt stitched inside that had been used as the batting.

So with Jack the Ripper,
I started taking the stitching out along the edges.

No, I didn't find another quilt, 
but I did find something to help confirm
 the embroidered date.
  Until Next Time-


  1. What a wonderful piece of history Kyle! blessings, marlene

  2. A long time ago, I purchased a quilt that had been inside another quilt. I don't even remember what it looked like but it was worth purchasing at the time. The crazy quilt part looks very interesting. Too bad it is in bad shape.

  3. Looks like some wonderful shirting fabrics!

  4. What a gorgeous quilt!! Loved your presentation....I loved the scrappy rectangles, but the crazy Side is wonderful!

  5. What a perfectly lovely treasure! I love the front with all the antique fabrics. I once had a piece of an old crazy quilt that was a total wreck, so made Christmas ornaments of the good parts. We still have one or two and each of my children has some for their trees.

  6. Wow, what a wonderful double-sided gift!
    I never plan to make a crazy quilt, but they are fascinating!

  7. Wow, I didn't expect to see a crazy quilt on the back side!
    What an AWESOME find and treasure! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  8. Your friend found a good home for this treasure!
    Saw your quilt at the capital today, Wow!!