I finished the binding on my Great Aunt Nell's quilt top. I draped it over the antique organ to photograph it but it won't remain there. My quilt holder was out shoveling snow.
Here it is on a bed. It's quite small. It only covers the top of the mattress to the wall on this double bed. It was rather dirty having been pieced before 1964 when Great Aunt Nell died so I toyed with the idea of washing it. And if I decided to wash it, what method to use?
I finally decided to put it through a rinse cycle with cold water on delicate.
When I decided to try and quilt this top 20 yrs. ago I made some choices I wouldn't make today. One was the quilting design and another was the fact that I backed it with a nice white sheet. But, when I decided to wash it I knew the sheet would hold it together and it did. It looks so much better.
I photographed some of the individual blocks for your perusal. They are a bit wonky but it just makes this quilt more endearing to me.
This block has 3 sections with the floral which I found on another block. It makes me wonder why she didn't combine the two to make one complete and only one uneven. But she chose to make two scrappy.
There are a number of prints that were probably left over from dresses.
There are a lot of plaids from men's shirts I presume, probably Great Uncle Clarence's.
Notice there is only one unmatched piece in this one.
Lots of indigos, checks, florals, and especially plaids. It's a very eclectic quilt and I love that it's mostly in blues and grays. It's a treasure as far as I'm concerned.