March 17, 2017

Finished or Not Friday | Custom Quilting an Antique Quilt

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Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish is custom quilting an antique quilt for a friend. The quilt top was in her husband's grandmother's things when she passed away.  The seams are machine sewn, and it was in very good condition with only a few holes that needed mending.  I don't know the age of the quilt top, but the fabrics are very old in a mix of flannels, cottons, and feedsacks in the middle.  I didn't even notice how much the row of feedsacks stood out until I was done quilting it and had the kids hold it up for pictures!

Thank you to Sylvia, a reader who shared that this is called a transition quilt, having been begun and finished in two different eras.  The fabrics at the top and bottom of the quilt are from the 1880s to 1910s, and the row of feedsacks in the middle is from the 1920s to 1930s.  Diamonds were more common in that era, but this quilt is made of triangles.  So it took over 100 years for this quilt to be completed!

Quilting is an allover meander, most likely the last quilt I quilt on Mrs.Singer, although I didn't know that when I quilted it.  Today, if all goes as planned, I will be the owner of a Handi Quilter Fusion with Pro Stitcher, which is a computerized machine!!  EEEK!!

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This beautiful, huge Celtic Solstice by Kathy of Kathy's Quilting Blog!

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Zenia Rene said...

Your meander is gorgeous!You did it on a domestic? I'm so jealous. But I'm excited about the Handi Quilter news! Congratulations. Lovely finish on your friends antique quilt top. Have a great weekend.

Snowcatcher said...

What a treasure! And congrats on the new machine!!! What a wonderful day it will be for you!

Loris said...

What a beautiful antique quilt! How wonderful to have the quilting completed on it.
Congrats on your new longarm adventure. You will love it!

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

What a nice old quilt! I'm involved in quilt documentations, and I can tell you have what we call a transition quilt. The upper and lower bands were made from fabric popular from the 1880s to about 1910. The center band fabrics are later, dating to the 1920s and 1930s. The top was probably started in the earlier time period and finished in the later one. Are the pieces cut as triangles or diamonds? Diamonds are more common but the triangles are intriguing.
Either way, great quilt and a great finish!
Sylvia at Treadlestitches

Miaismine said...

Gorgeous quilting! Beautiful quilt! Thank you so much for sharing and hosting this party!