It’s three weeks since I last showed you my vintage quilt, this is the one from around 1880 found in my children’s grandmother’s house. It has a large piece stitched together and several strips waiting to be added. I’ve had very little time to work on it but I have done a lot of thinking and planning…
This is the main body of the quilt. It’s been fascinating studying it and working on it. Quite a few of the pieces are pieced themselves, the stitches are minute! It’s even interesting looking at the thread used, particularly for tacking, some of it is so thick it’s almost what we would now use for upholstery. I’ve started keeping bits of threads to go in the book I’m making about the quilt – the museum curator I spoke to last year about the quilt suggested I made a record of what I had done to it.
My main quandary has been a stripe of white (ish) diamonds which I am short of for the right hand side. You can see on the photo above there are diamonds already on the left side so it’s easy to attach the spare strips of tumbling blocks. On the right side however, they still need adding before I stitch another length of blocks. Whatever shade or type of fabric I tried seemed to stand out a mile. I did have a very kind offer for some vintage fabric, I’m holding that thought for the moment as I’ve had an idea…
Rather than trying to find a match, my thought is to make a feature of it. I want to use the writing on the pattern templates by having it copied onto a neutral fabric. I contacted my friend who prints onto fabric using her printer (I think) so I’m going to scan some for her to look at to see if it will work. I also need to check how colour fast the printing is as once finished, the quilt is going to need a wash, albeit a gentle one.
If my idea works, then I will have a line of written blocks down one side of the quilt, which I think could look pretty cool – if it works!!
Hopefully next time I share the quilt with you I will have done a bit more!
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This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.