Saturday, 14 September 2013

Another of my antique pieces (very photo heavy again! but you like that don't you?)

 I 'think' this one is a similar age to the Sarah Fox one I posted here, about 1825-1835. I really am no expert, I just go by my gut feeling so if you know better (or worse) please comment and I will amend this.

 Now follows loads of photos of the fabrics and how the maker handled (or failed in the process of making it). Do not be surprised by the bottle of ketchup in one of the photos. I figured it was one item I had in the house where the colour is recognized throughout the world and you can adjust the colours you are seeing on your screen accordingly. It was still sealed so no danger of it leaking!




 I think it very clever how the black stripe has been appliqued to create this 'Chinese lantern' look. Each straight run of these circles is in one continuous piece of fabric.

The maker ran out of the brown stripe used in one of the outer borders so just changed to a different stripe.















 The off white background fabric looks like cord in the photos but it is more like a modern dress shirt weave.






 The maker had used so much of this back print in those clever circles, there had to be a join and a smidge of other fabric to finish this corner.
 There is a knife edge rather than binding. This is typical.


 In places there is double thread quilting. I don't know why. And in some places on the back of the work like the top of this photo below, the quilting stitch doesn't go all the way through the layers. This makes me think it was not stab stitched and the uneven lines also suggest it was done without a frame.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my quilt. Let me know and I shall post more of my small collection.

23 comments:

  1. Thank you for this. I do like that white/off white fabric that looks like corduroy. I'd love to see more of your collection.

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  2. Wonderful quilt! I think you are right on with the date...thanks for sharing.

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  3. Gorgeous fabrics! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful details. It's really a treat to see a UK quilt of this time period.
    I look forward to more!

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  4. Love seeing those great close-ups of the prints especially. I do like seeing the stitches and coming across the maker's little "make-do's". Thanks for sharing your antique quilts with us!

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  5. Wonderful quilt. I am guessing the fabrics are faded somewhat - must have been quite bright once! Mind you - I rather like the faded look :)
    Hilda

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  6. Lovely. Thanks so much for the wonderful photos. I enjoyed seeing all the fabrics up close!

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  7. I like the blue fabrics in this quilt. Such pretty shades.

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  8. Wonderful photos! Thank you! It is fun to see how the zigzags were done!
    I always love to see close-ups of antique quilts, so I would be very happy to see more.

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  9. The white ribbed fabric is dimity, from two threads in Latin, it was popular for children's and women's wear, nightmare, undergarments.....

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  10. These iPads!, that should be night wear, not nightmare!

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  11. Wonderful photos. Please share anytime. Thanks!

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  12. Thanks for sharing - always interesting to look at the quilts of others in such detail!

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  13. Thank you for posting so many wonderful close ups of the fabrics -- I love being able to study them. Barb in southeastern PA

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  14. Never apologise for too many photos! Wonderful.
    Thank you.

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  15. Thanks for the wonderful photos - I love seeing the fabrics (and stitching) so close. What a treat!
    Kirsten :))

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  16. Spectacular quilt. Thanks so much for posting all the great photos. We don't see many this early in Arizona.

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos. I appreciate all details of these different prints. The quilt is impressive.
    FranceA

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  18. What a treat! I'd love to see more of your collection, too. The catsup bottle was a great idea. Thank you for sharing all these photos!!!

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  19. This is lovely, Sally! I am always surprised by how the "make-do" solutions in antique quilts somehow make them more interesting and more special. That's something to keep in mind -- in making a quilt today, those fudges would never even occur to me. I always head right out to the quilt shop to buy more fabric! That textured off-white fabric adds a lot of interest to the quilt as well. Thank you for sharing this quilt with us and yes, I'd love to see more!

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  20. Thank you for commenting on my blog!
    Could not find a way to email you through your Profile so that I would do it this way! I love your old quilt/fabric photos....lots of study material!! Really enjoyed your Sarah Fox Honeycomb/Mosaic. I have one from c.1835.....will have to compare your fabrics with mine to see if I can find any alike! Cyndi

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  21. Wow, what a beauty! Thank you for sharing.

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  22. So glad to see you're blogging again! Missed seeing you.

    Beautiful quilt you've got there!

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  23. Be still my beating Heart!!! So wonderful. More pleeese!

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