Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Antique Wholecloth

My friend Ineke brought me this antique quilt top to do for her sister Rita. She and another sister had trimmed it up and put the borders onto it

It was gifted to Rita, so little is know about it, but after examining it, I could see that it was very well hand-appliqued, with the tiniest of stitches.  There were some also less-pretty stitches, indicating that another person had also contributed some time to the work.

If you think this is a machine satin-stitch, look again!

And from the back you could see part numbers, printed on the cloth, showing where the pieces were to go.  Obviously, this was a kit quilt.

It was a great opportunity for me to practice some wholecloth designing and quilting, which was a challenge, yet quite an enjoyable experience.

I used a water-soluable blue marker to mark the quilting designs.  I love the way the quilt quilted up, and how nice it looked on the frame, but because of the amount of blue marker used, it needed a washing, and then it became the antique it really was!

We used a bamboo batting .


Anonymous said...

You have been ROCKIN' - holy WOW! the Antique quilt looks awesome and the gifts all look wonderful too!

Joanne said...

What a beautiful quilt - such perfect stitching. Your quilting is amazing and it all looks perfect together.

Donna said...

You did a great job with that vintage top, Gloria! It's truly an heirloom, now.