Restoring a Vintage Quilt – And So It Begins

Vintage quilt on arrivalAwkward vintage blocksThis beautiful old quilt top arrived in the mail about ten days ago.  As is the case with many of these old quilt tops available on e-bay, the quilter found that it wasn’t quite square and she never got around to quilting it.  Because the squares were so irregular, and because of the influence of Tim Latimer  (see timquilts.com), I decided to separate the blocks and make the quilt my own.  Above are two average blocks, to illustrate the irregularities.  Below is a shot of the back of a block, to show the hand work.

Pretty handwork

As I take the blocks apart I am pressingthem, squaring the corner with the fan, and trimming the other two sides in whatever straight line works.

vintage ready to square

I am now past half done with this chore.  Aren’t these old feed sack (?) prints pretty?

Pretty vintage block

White will be added to square them all out, so I had to try a couple to see how they looked.

Completed vintage block

It’s all a bit tedious as the squares were machine stitched, but I do think the result will be worth it.  Stay tuned.  Meantime I’ll also keep posting the other projects that are currently entertaining me.

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