A few weeks ago I went to visit my sister in Tucson on family business, and (don't tell her, but) the definite highlight of the trip for me was her antique amish quilt. And since I'm in a drunkard's path craze right now, I gasped and immediately fell. in. love. . . totally. mesmerized. by this quilt.
it's simply breath taking . . . fascinating. There are so many things to think about. First, these old "modern" quilters totally got the negative space thing, and the "no border" thing. This could totally be found in the "modernquilting" hashtag on IG.
Now, where exactly is the block? Are they sewing the quarter circles into the corners first then sewing the rows together? like I did in this quilt?
I haven't done much research on old quilts. But I'd say this is very old, all hand sewn, no rulers, templates, rotary cutters or spinning cutting mats (and for that matter, no chocolate covered almonds or pita chips from Costco), and the fabric? I'm assuming from the maker's scraps or maybe from old shirts or dresses or something, but not from a local quilt shop. Could it be 100 years old? probably more like 70 or 80 years.
simply beautiful. I wonder if they had cotton quilt batting by the bolt back 100 years ago, cuz that shrunk up so nice.
The one thing I do know about old quilts, is that you should not fold them in 1/2 and then in 1/2 again, or the same way each time. The fabrics and batting in those bends begin to break down after a few decades not to mention that the creases can become permanent. (notice the above crease?) You should occasionally rotate how you fold an old quilt. (sounds like I know what I'm talking about, huh?)
I guess I should do a little research on quilt making from years past.
love. peace. beauty. color. contrast. old. art. creativity, work of love.
I know, I know, I'm getting a little carried away with the give-away thing, but with the purging I've been doing, I'd much rather ship "my excess" to new quilting friend then give it to an establishment that will store it in a big truck for months before the sorting process. Besides, I can visit with and learn from all of you with out leaving home (in other words, I may or may not be in the same clothes I've worn for a few days).
And, this is a fascinating topic for me. Anything you can share would be fun. I'd especially love to see links to places you've learned from.
I had to take an unexpected trip this week, so I don't have a picture of anything to give away, but I have tons at home and promise to have something good.
finish it up friday