Recently, a dear quilting friend,
thought of me when she was doing
She brought me a very loved and worn
quilt top that she had collected
somewhere, sometime, in her quilting career.
She thought if anyone would like to do
something with this, maybe Kyle,
would like to be challenged.
The vintage basket quilt
is hand stitched with 48 nine inch basket blocks
using a muslin background and 30's fabrics.
Most of the blocks are very faded
with lots of repeats of the same fabric.
Many solid green and pink pieces.
I forgot to take a picture of the pieced border
that was on three sides, but you can get a little peek of it
in the above photo.
The blocks were probably pieced in love,
and the blocks, of course, varied in size.
Many of the blocks are not worth saving, so
I have chosen the best of them to work with.
At this point, I'm slowly unstitching,
repressing and resizing the individual pieces.
Here we go again.
As I have been taking this quilt top apart
I noticed these holes.
They were not in an organized pattern,
but I figured out the top had probably been tied.
Sure enough, I found a few places where the yarn
was still there.
This made me wonder about the original
use of this quilt.
Because there were many yarn ties still in tack, what
were they originally tied to?
If the quilt top was removed from the backing, as in a summer
quilt with no batting, why were there still yarn ties
on the front?
I'm guessing, not all of the ties caught the backing fabric.
I also think that this probable summer quilt was washed many times.
Take a look at the seams.
They're pretty messy, but not raveling which would
have definitely happened if the top was washed
after it was taken apart.
That big blob is a piece of a yarn tie.
To see if I could rework these blocks,
I practiced with one block.
I didn't want to handpiece these, so I machine stitched
the block, but hand appliqued the handles.
This isn't going to be fast project, but
might speed up once I get the 14/15 blocks apart.
It's a good outdoor project as it
creates lots of loose threads.
I even got a couple friends to help me
when we met at the park.
Until Next Time-