I really did think there would be no further quilts entering The Cupboard for the foreseeable future. Wrong again! I think that Myself and Himself probably need to curtail our occasional outings to antique fairs to a zero limit – we had a lovely day out at Antiques for All at the NEC in Birmingham last weekend where there were relatively few vintage textiles on display. But then I turned a corner at the end of one aisle and there it was –
and at an affordable price – what’s a quilter to do other than pay up and bring it home to be shared, enjoyed and appreciated? Measures 88x 76inches, no provenance or information. Possibly USA in origin the vendor thought and I think I’m inclined to agree. The fabrics are a little more fragile than they first appear, beautifully handpieced (no papers), very thin cotton wadding, knife edge finish with one line of neat running stitch, an all over quilting treatment of clamshells (just about visible in a couple of the pics below). I really couldn’t say if it is more usual to see the lines of tumbling blocks set across the width of a quilt but in this instance they run the length of the quilt.
A special touch though in the line of machine stitching near the edge of the quilt – this seems to fit pretty well with a guesstimated date of 1860 -1880. Someone out there who has more specialised knowledge of early sewing machines would be able to help date this style of machine stitch – my uneducated guess is that this chain stitch is earlier rather than later in the technical development of sewing machines … do add to this information/guess if you can.
And, although this next acquisition doesn’t belong in The Cupboard and isn’t textile, I thought you might be interested to see it all the same. Some of you know that I have a strong ceramics heritage within my family and also where I grew up, and our house is
stuffed with quite full of various bits and pieces. Which really explains why I felt obliged to bring this lovely early 19th century tankard home. It’s hand painted and well-worn, with a typically sentimental verse and looks good sitting on the kitchen dresser above The Secret Drawer –
The verse reads ” Long may we live, Happy may we be, Blest with Content, & From misfortunes free”
Note the pin (lower centre)- we quilters have a habit of leaving “clues” everywhere!