19 January 2007
It's funny what comes your way, isn't it? Just a few posts ago I was writing about some string-pieced diamonds that had attached themselves to my UFO (unfinished object) stash. And then several days ago a friend called and asked my to swing by her place of employment because a gal there had a quilt she wanted dated. OK.
I just got back. The quilt you see here is one that she believes her grandmother started, but she really has no history of it. I told her that a quilt is dated by the newest fabric in it. Unfortunately, that turned out to be the backing. It was a baby blue Palencia broadcloth. Remember that stuff? It pilled if you even looked at it. Very popular in the late 1960s and into the 1970s. I think you can still find some of the stuff today. I say unfortunate because the top is such a beautiful example of a depression era quilt. It included shirtings and other fabrics that were probably from her great-grandma's scrapbag. There were pieces from feedsacks and dress goods. There were even several 1.5" half-square triangle blocks pieced into the diamonds. The cheddar just made the whole top sing! The quilting was mediocre. It does need a good cleaning and I instructed her how to do so without damaging the quilt. I was especially concerned with the turkey red in it, because, frankly, it looked like newer fabric that had not been washed or used.
A nice example of string-pieced diamonds.