Antique Quilt Treasure

Yesterday was a most challenging and successful adventure in quilting an antique quilt. When I got the top I knew it had issues like fragile fabric and seams that had pulled apart. I also knew that it was set on point and that all the setting triangles had bias edges that curved outard. But I didn’t realize that it was more than five inches longer along the edges than it was in the middle. The original plan was to add borders to straighten up those setting triangles and repair all the seams that had piled apart. This is a hand pieced top.

Well–the best laid plans of mice and men. . . I called the quilt owner and told her it was much more work and would be much more expensive to finish than my original quote. She gave me the go-ahead and I proceeded. I loaded the back and backing and gently laid the top on the frame. With lots of pins and gathering the edges with hand basting I got the whole quilt flat against the back and machine basted. Here are pics of the before and after. These are not pics of the same areas because I only took pics near the end of the basting and I haven’t gotten there with the quilting.

I am using a quilting design of my own called ‘Kes’ as I knew it would give good stabilization and even coverage with a neutral design that would be fitting for any era.

Do you think this looks like a “modern” quilt with the stars set inside chevrons?

Before basting
Before basting

 

After basting and quilting
After basting and quilting
 
 

4 Replies to “Antique Quilt Treasure”

  1. I would have thought that quilt was a lost cause but you did a fantastic job basting it into submission. I love the chevrons. The quilt is definitely a keeper. Great job.

  2. Wow – that’s just amazing. Did you do basting running stitches along the edge to accomplish the flatness? Just one line of that? Or more lines inside the edge?

  3. You you are amazing but I never cease to be impressed by all that you do. I’m just sorry you’re so busy now because I’m getting into the quilt making mode and I need your help. ha ha. not funny.

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