Monday, 23 November 2015

My Antique Quilt

On my recent visit to Houston for the quilt festival, I happened by a stall called Mulberrry Lane Quilts covered in a stunning array of antique quilts.
I couldn't resist pausing, and underneath a pile of gorgeous quilts I found my new favourite thing - my now named 'Houston Scrappy Quilt'! It was love at first sight - and I really couldn't resist!

Very little is known about my new acquisition! It was delivered in a battered suitcase by a man to Mulberry Lane Quilts at a show in a sorry state. He thought it was made by his great Aunt - but didnt know any more. Carol - the antique quilt guru - thinks the fabrics used date it to about 1920 with some being older than that. This suggests that much of the fabric was preworn.

Those lovely guys at Mulberry Quilts worked their magic on what sounded like a stinky, grubby  bundle with their special cleaning and preserving process, and brought forth this gorgeous crisp clean quilt that looks almost brand new. It shows its age in some places, with some wear to the binding, and one of the fabrics in particular has not fared too well. But then I don't expect that I will be looking so so wrinkle free once I am nearly 100 years old!
 A bit of binding damage - though this appears to be single layer binding rather than the double we often use so it will alway be subject to more wear and tear.

Slight damage on some of the blocks - but this just makes me love it even more!


This is completely hand made - and the stitches are so delicate. It is all hand pieced and hand quilted - and when I look at the quality of these stitches I get a little catch in my throat. Thinking of the time and care that went into these stitches all those years ago - and now they have made their way into my home. It is a shame that this unknown person put all that care into this piece of work but never signed it. Did they think that this was 'just' a quilt, that it wasn't important? They probably never imagined that it would last long after they were gone, or that it would travel half way around the world. Though to be fair, if it were signed and dated I probably couldnt have afforded it.


 The block design is so simple, and yet so delicious!

Detail of the hand quilting in the sashing. It is very faint because it is white thread on white fabric but it is so neat!!!!

I have plans for this quilt - I want to make a replica in modern fabrics and you will probably see it on a future Create and Craft show! Who knows what the next stage of this amazing quilt will hold!

9 comments:

  1. It is beautiful I can see why you fell in love with it.
    Lynne T

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  2. I can see why it was love at first sight. X

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  3. What a glorious quilt, with so much history. I can certainly see why you couldn't resist it - who could have?! To have a piece of history in your home is so special - it really is the stuff dreams are made of.
    Happy quilting!
    Lynda.

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  4. what a wonderful find and so good it has been washed etc. A freal beauty. I fond a hexi one 2 years ago in a charity shop for £10 it is unfinished and still unfinished not sure if I should leave it as it is, silly girl I took the papers out. Good to see you back on C & C

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    1. Hi Margaret. I wish these quilts could talk - who knows what stories they could tell xx

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  5. absolutely gorgeous, wish I was so able to do that, got the fabric, tools, books only need the know how and some of your inspiration xx

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    1. Thanks Olive. Just take a deep breath and dive in :)
      xx

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