Another Vintage Top!

We had a great weekend! Yesterday, Mr. Wonderful and I went to a local antique fest. I brought home another vintage quilt to hand quilt.


The dashing is missing on the top edge. I wonder if I should try to find something that sort of matches, or just quilt it as is.

I love the fabrics!

Looks like the fabric in the next star had a manufacturing error.

The stars are all hand pieced, but they were put together by machine.


Would it be ridiculous to quilt yet another top with a Baptist fans?  Hmmm….,

Have a great day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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24 Responses to Another Vintage Top!

  1. Martine says:

    Great find ! Love the quilt and those fabrics💕💕💕should be reproduced!Martine

  2. Love it. It will look so beautiful when quilted. What a treasure.

  3. Judy Hansen says:

    I would try and find a repro similar to hers and add a piece to the top. And baptist fans would look great on this quilt, I love them.

  4. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Katy,
    What a beautiful quilt. I had no idea that you could buy vintage quilt tops that were not finished – how wonderful that you saved this one. It makes you ponder why it was never originally finished; why the quilter didn’t add that last sashing piece and where has it been all these years. I’d love to hear the back story on this quilt, but alas that is not meant to be. I look forward to seeing how you decide to quilt it. ~smile~
    Roseanne

  5. Wow! It lies so flat too. You have a lot of years of fabric in those stars. Some pretty early prints along with the later ones. Great rescue!!

  6. Sandi says:

    It would look great in the Baptist Fan pattern! I just ordered my stencil to quilt on something of my own. Hugs,

  7. Teresa says:

    I think I would quilt it as it it. My biggest fear is that is where my stuff will end up, it is why I am working so hard to finish up some of these ufo’s

  8. Wow, what a great find! I’m not sure about adding the piece of sashing – I’d be tempted to leave it as it because that is part of the story of the quilt. Like Roseanne, I’m always curious about the history of such finds. Baptist fans are a great design. I can also see stitching echoing the stars inside and out with something curvy in the sashing.

  9. lois92346 says:

    What a great find, Katy! Vintage fabric, wonderful design, hand pieced! Someone put a lot of work into the cutting, design and stitching of this top. I imagine she and a friend or extended family member traded fabric leftovers from other projects. I’m thinking someone else (inherited) the blocks, put them together with a machine and then didn’t finish it.

  10. Sandy says:

    Add another vote for Baptist Fans. What fun!

  11. What a great find! Enjoy deciding what to use or nor for that last sashing border. Enjoy quilting this beauty!

  12. Susan says:

    Those are pretty fabrics – such a great find! I opt to quilt different designs in the stars with the same background fill. But of course, it depends on how much time you want to spend on this!

  13. Sandra B says:

    Great find, Katy!! I love star blocks, and the fabrics used on this top are great….I vote for leaving it as is without adding a sashing to the top…and I think Baptist Fan is a great choice for the quilting….it is one of my favorites….I think the curves will complement the stars nicely…. But, that being said, I know whatever you decide will be great….
    Have fun quilting it!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Diane says:

    It is breathtaking! I might spend a small amount of time looking for fabric that “goes with.” Having that little border would help protect the stars from being grabbed on the edge. She probably ran out of fabric! What a fun idea that is to think about when looking for a replacement. I would look for something that looks like wind for the quilting. I would think you would want something relatively close if the hand sewing is not tight. A zinger for the binding would be my next thought.

  15. Am I missing seeing a close up of the sashing fabric? I have such a collection of old fabric might be I have in my stash and could send to you! But with or without the sashing it’s a really nice quilt.
    What a fun project you have in front of you!

  16. Bonnie in Va says:

    This quilt is really lovely. Why not take a good close up picture of the sashing fabric and post it on your blog to see if any of your readers might have some of it. I know I have quite a bit of “vintage” fabric in my studio. Also let folks know the size you need. Who knows someone might have a piece they would be willing to give up. I like the idea of a baptist fan on this quilt but if you want variety consider a clam shell. Or pull out a few older quilt books and see what other designs would have been used on something like this years ago. Great rescue!

  17. Andrea H says:

    I love the idea of using the Baptist fans. It would complement the quilt quite nicely. I love to see when other quilters find a vintage top or quilt blocks and finishes them up. If only the quilt tops could talk. It would be fun to find out the story of the top and its original quilter.

  18. Sharon says:

    I would try to match something up the best I could to finish up the sashing. Also, I don’t see why you couldn’t use Baptist fans, especially if you love quilting them.

  19. janicekholton says:

    Oh, you lucky duck! You find the neatest things! You can never go wrong with a quilting design as long as YOU love doing it. The neat thing is you will have a finished quilt that otherwise would have languished away somewhere and never been used or appreciated. Go for it. Hey, do you know if there is a good FMQ Baptist Fan tutorial anywhere?

  20. I forgot to switch to my blogger account on that last comment.

  21. Nann says:

    What a treasure! You’ll enjoy quilting it.

  22. Nancy says:

    What a prize purchase. Lucky you!!!

  23. What a great find!! I hope you will show your progress!!

  24. Kate says:

    A beautiful and fun find! Enjoy your slow stitching on this project Lots of eye catching fabrics to keep your eyes entertained.

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