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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pretty Little Quilt

What shall I do with this pretty little antique quilt?  My friend Barb was giving it away to the local charity shop, but I snagged it before it was too late.  It is composed of 24 four inch wool hand stitched log cabin blocks, with strips about 1/2" wide.  I can see indigo foundation fabric through the moth holes, and can feel no batting behind the blocks.  There is a sweet sateen ruffle around the edge that has faded from cherry red to light pink.  This must have been a doll quilt for some very lucky child.

I plan to wash it, but then what?  should I take it apart and salvage the best blocks?  Should I put a bird on it?  What do you think?

8 comments:

Vicki W said...

What a little treasure! Maybe just some applique to cover the holes.

Lisa ONeill said...

What a cute little quilt - I think I'll vote for keeping it in tact, covering the holes with geometric applique and some decorative hand embroidery - love hand embroidery on wool.

Karen said...

I'de also vote for keeping it intact - covering the holes with your gorgeous little embelishments - then make it into a big pillow.

Barb said...

I can't wait to see you work your magic with this. I wish I knew the history of the piece. Another good reminder for everyone to document on their work.

Whimsey Creations said...

I love Karen's idea of appliquing and then making it into a pillow. Just too beautiful for a cutter.

Pam said...

I hope you don't mind me popping in as I blog-hop?! I like your bird idea, and maybe some other spring theme embellishments--eager to see how it evolves. Pam =)

Diane D. said...

Of course you should put a bird on it. Actually, I'm thinking of trying to start a new trend - maybe fish.

Donna Becker said...

Yep, I vote for keeping it intact. There's just something too sad about deconstructing the efforts of a quilter from another era. You've got such a great eye for adding color and texture with embellishments. I can't wait to see what comes of your work this time!

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