The majority of the quilts stashed away in the upstairs cupboard are nothing special in terms of condition, appearance, historical interest – the majority have arrived in my keeping from various generous souls who have asked me to “give this a good home”, knowing that I teach, give talks etc., and I’ve been honoured and grateful to have them in my keeping.
This crib quilt is one that was acquired by Himself for a very modest sum at an antiques fair probably 20years ago, and I’ve always intended to spend some time and “do something” with it. It looks relatively uninviting, certainly not spectacular, 32″ x 38″ approx, pink cotton top, twill woven backing, thin cotton batting, narrow hand stitched binding, some bleach damage at one corner. The date is quite a difficult issue – it could be as early as 1860 and as late as 1900. But, whatever its age, it certainly bears closer inspection – a delightful handled basket with traditional 8- and 16-petal “roses”, running feather borders with corner “roses”. I’ve begun drawing up the pattern as you can see, and you can probably guess where this is going … ! Of course there’s the small matter of that other pattern book to get finished as well, but this is definitely FUN!
So tomorow it might be a case of back to the drawing board, rather than spinning or stitching!