Prepare for picture over load! I am just smitten with this quilt! I finished the quilting, binding, and washing of it this week. Here are a couple photos before washing.
First I did a cold water rinse to make sure all of the blue marker was gone. The water was disgusting after that one soak! Then I used a bit of blue Dawn dish soap and a product made for vintage textiles called Restoration. It is made by Engleside Products.
I’m not sure you can tell here, but it is so much brighter after washing!
The rusty stains didn’t disappear completely, but they are much improved.
It seems to belong in this room, though not on the bed! It is much too narrow.
Here are some closeups of some of the blocks.
I just love the texture close quilting gives!
I was asked if I prewashed the binding fabric and the answer is yes. I did not want this to turn pink in the wash!
This top was dated 1909 and was made by Ruth Crowley Greene. It was given to me by her granddaughter, Jane, a dear friend of mine. I feel honored to have been able to finish this and believe Ruth would be pleased that it is finished.
Have a great day!