Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Doll Quilt and Quilt Rescue

No sewing at the moment so thought I'd show you some old family quilts.

This one measures between 13 and 14 inches square. Construction is by hand with hand quilting. The wadding is very thin now. This one was made by my mother or her mother, but it was my mother's as a child. I played with it as a child too.
You can see the construction is a half square triangle and a four patch. The binding just scooted around the corner somehow.
This quilt was made by my mother. It measures about 16 by 32 inches. I had to de-construct it as the wadding was an old wool blanket that shrunk dramatically at some stage when it was washed. It wasn't quilted. It was tied with knitting wool. I cut the ties and took the binding off. The backing was purple. I love the black and white check binding. It is sewn by hand. I plan to put a new backing and binding on, and cotton wadding. Not sure yet if I will hand quilt it or tie it again. A close up of some of the yummy fabrics...Sadly, housework calls. That's one call that eventually you just have to answer.

14 comments:

Julie said...

What beautiful keepsakes.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh gosh the second one reminds me of one that my mother also made when she was a little girl. Somehow I ended up with it and it is hanging in our bedroom, also about 20 X 20. It is wonderful to have such special quilts, you are very lucky. Please show us the quilt after you fix her up!

Teresa aka MarieSews said...

Oh, how wonderful to have quilts from your family and to be able to rescue them. These are beautiful.

nima said...

it is so nice to see your keepsake quilts...

Allie said...

Those are treasures!!!! Nothing like an old quilt. And no, you do NOT have to answer that call, lol - it'll keep!

Julia said...

Beautiful keepsakes Shari..
I wish my Mum and grandmother quilted or embroidered ,but sadly I have nothing..
Julia ♥

Simone de Klerk said...

Beautiful memory quilts! How special they must be for you! Thank you for sharing and letting us see the yummy fabrics!

Barb said...

What treasures and memories...

Stephanie said...

Very special little quilts. Such great fabrics in the second one.

Messy Karen said...

both of your quilts are lovely. and i am thrilled that you are giving one a fresh start. a nice project to work on.

Lurline said...

Wonderful little treasures, Shari - you must enjoy them so much!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh! Those fabrics speak to me. I love them. Those quilts were loved so much.

em's scrapbag said...

You are so luck to have these beautiful treasures.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I love the fabrics in the second one. Such fun prints. It's nice that you are saving and restoring these two little quilts. I recently came into possession of a baby quilt that I plan to restore myself. It's such a good feeling to be working on these projects.

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