This log cabin was purchased on Mother's Day during an adventure with my DS. Whatever you want mom is what the coupon in the card read....it could have been worse than lunch and a trip to a small antique shop in Hopkins Minnesota! It was a glorious day.
This was another 'found sandwhich' quilt. It was covered in some rayon med century home dec that was in terrible condition. I could see through some of the tears that the inside had great potential. Besides its great weight it looked like a great assortment of fabrics - and I love fabrics. At minimum it held promise for a great fabric study quilt.
Once I got it home I removed the tattered covering, soaked it in the tub, dried it on the tile with a fan (it required a few turns) and was thrilled with the results.
It is the heaviest quilt I have. I've heard them referred to as 'up north' quilts. The kind that holds you down in bed in the coldest of a Northen Winter Nights... when you can see your breath in the morning at the cabin.
This little linen sampler I stitched years ago. It has a hem stitched edge and is top mounted in the frame. The sewing case has a velvet cover and silk lining. The 'pages' still have the pins on the wools tabs.
Another reproduction sampler (much older era than the quilt) with a wonderful burl wood handmade frame. The leather needle case had gold embossed letters - from London.
What an interesting variety of fabrics. The contrast of the black and dark blues really 'pop' with the red centers.
Notice the use of reds also as 'darks'.
The quilt is tied with a red cotton - like a sugar and cream 'yarn'.
With a fabric study quilt - you have to have close ups of the fabrics! Check out the pinks as lights - and reds as darks.
There are solids, stripes, plaids, dots, shirtings, paisley, and more.
The blocks are 4.5" and each fabric is 3/4" - just enough to see what the fabric print is all about.
Note the diagonal and straight stripes.
Each time I take this one out for a refolding I see fabrics I had not noticed before.
The fabrics are all in good condition, and the batting is most likely heavy, heavy cotton...unless its heavy because an even older quilt is inside! Have not been brave enough to pick at some stitches to take a look- yet
Here's another close up with the reds and pinks together in the center - really glows from a distance.
I have a similar reproduction illuminated black and blue in my stash that I have yet to use. Maybe I should cut some more black for my log cabin project.
Note the corner where the four block 'meet'.
This is the first notice I made of the brown with the leaf. How did I miss that before? The reason I always have to visit a quilt multiple times...
How many prints are there - someday I should make a list, but I guess over 100, and the span of years? Multiple decades I suspect. For now, I think they are all cotton. However, next time I pull it out maybe I will make a new discovery.
I'll keep you posted....
My own little project. I stopped working on it 2 years ago and didn't leave myself any notes so I'll have to regroup and pick up where I left off.
These are 4 of the unfinished blocks. Now, I'm thinking I need some additional black, reds and pinks to liven it up!
Time to go raid the stash - or better yet - do some fabric shopping.
Take Care - Dawn