Vintage quilt top

I always think, I should have taken a “before” picture. Well, this one is a little bit before. sycode custodia iphone 6 I got this quilt top loaded and wanted to document what I had to work with. The middle of the quilt is tight. It’s all hand pieced. On a scale of 1-10, the piecing is about a 4. The fabrics range from cotton blends, 100% polyester double knit, wool and all cotton from about 1930 and after. amazon custodia iphone 7 basic Can you see how much slack there is on the edges? You can see here a wide and wild assortment of fabrics were used to make this quilt top. There were a lot of blocks that were fairly complicated. Jacob’s ladder blocks were plentiful. It was an absolute beast to load onto the machine. I detest pleats and ripples, but what could I do? I grimaced each step of the way. custodia iphone 6 plus apple Could I “Quilt this out?You can see by the back side there were a lot of issues. custodia moto iphone 8 The whole thing was a tremendous challenge. So. What did I do? I forged on and did the best I could, and yes, there were pleats. I’ve done old quilt tops before and once they were quilted, I gave them a wash and put them in the dryer for a while to “shrinkle” and they came out positively charming. I think so many times quilt tops are left unfinished because they do not lay flat, have poor construction, no one really knows what to do with them. custodia integrale iphone 8 Well, don’t expect perfection from imperfection and allow whatever happens to happen. And once it’s finished, enjoy it! Use it! This top is so charming now. I do not usually fall for thing like this, but there are so many interesting blocks, so many interesting fabrics. I would study this one for years to come. custodia per iphone 8 cintura And now it’s totally usable. The wonkiness is a bit of a charm.

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5 Responses to Vintage quilt top

  1. Amy Kay says:

    Perfection can be so boring! I love the idiosyncracies with the old quilts. I guess the older they are, the more leniency I grant in construction technique. And all the different fabrics! It’s a total history lesson. Great work Mom! Don’t stress so much on your next one 🙂

    • pkay says:

      You are right about perfection. This is like a quilt from Gee’s Bend. They are functional, and somewhat amusing because you wonder what the maker was thinking by joining some of those fabrics together. I like the notion of granting more leniency for the more mature tops! I didn’t stress on this one at all, OK, well a tiny bit when I was putting it on the machine. Mostly I enjoyed the journey.

  2. Dee says:

    I just finished quilting a quilt for a client. She has a hard time with seam allowances, they range from 1/2″ to so narrow that the seams split. the block corners or so high they won’t fit under my hopping foot. The right side of the quilt was 6″ longer than the left side. She uses white thread on medium/dark fabric. On a scale of 1-10 when it comes to overall piecing/workmanship, 1. I have passed on to her helpful hints and tutorial websites (Bonnie Hunter). My quilting could not remove all the ripples and pleats. I say…”it is what it is” and leave it that. To look at the big picture, she enjoys quilting, she has a good eye for color, and she is productive; and I will continue to try my best to work out the kinks in her tops. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

    • pkay says:

      Don’t you know it. The best thing is getting under it and being warm and using it. Some day it will be viewed as art!

  3. Dee says:

    Wonderful job…can’t wait to see it person. I’m fond of saying “it is what it is” and leave at that. Play day Friday right.

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