My wonderful hubby took me up to the antique festival that is held in a nearby town three times each summer. I always seem to find something calling my name! Here is my greatest find of the day:
But wait , I have more pics of this beauty!
This is a big quilt measuring about 97″ square. There are 36 pieced blocks. The quilting has a 3/8″ crosshatch in the plain blocks and 1/4″ parallel lines in the pieced blocks. The backing was brought to the front and stitched down by hand to create a very narrow binding. Sadly, the fabrics in the stars are very deteriorated. This is by far the oldest quilt I own. I am pretty sure it is pre-civil war. Any ideas?
And I know you are all dying to know what I paid…….
Yep, $20 and she was all mine. She is far from mint but I have saved her from being cut up for teddy bears. I love it!
Here are the rest of my goodies. Pyrex with lid, $7.
Another piece of enamelware, $10.
This is about the size of a large shoebox.
And finally, a new toy sewing machine! It is a Gateway. It needs cleaning and a needle but everything moves.
Hubby and I walked 5 miles while we were at it. Now he is off to help our dear son in law with gardening stuff and I am about to cut pieces for a new quilt!
I would love to know what town the antique festival is in. Please email me back as I would love to go sometime. Love your blogs and pics! Thanks for sharing.
What a wonderful find!!! Does’t it feel good to have rescued this ol’ quilt. I mean look at that crosshatching!! OMG!!! It IS beautiful!! (Love your other treasures found). COntinue to enjoy this antique.
The quilt truly is a treasure. What work there was in making it. Nice to see someone is treating it gently.
Wow! You found some fantastic treasures! The quilt is a real beauty.
Great quilt. I hope you can do a little research and learn how to stabilize those pieces that are disintegrating. Not being an expert all I can think about is tulle. Wonderful find.
Love this beauty! You are so lucky!
Lucky you! It’s definitely civil war era fabrics. Too bad the iron oxide dyes ate the brown/black fabrics. I found a sugar loaf quilt that was made up of 3/4″ triangles-just gorgeous. But all the brown fabrics had shredded because of the dyes that they used back then. Still love it though. Maybe only a quilter would appreciate it for it’s workmanship in spite of it’s flaws. Mary A
Thanks, everyone! I do wish I knew the story behind this. Someone put many, many, many hours into it! I wish I could wash it but I think I don’t dare!
What wonderful finds…especially the antique quilt!! Good for you!
What a wonderful new home for that lovely quilt- it is nice to know that someone appreciates all the work that went into making such a treasure.
Katy you are so lucky. That quilt is is beautiful even if a little worn. Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to know the story behind it. If only the blocks could talk.
That quilt is a treasure! What a wonderful find!