Vintage quilting

One of my favourite things for this post – quilted texture.  The quilt is one I acquired in the USA at least 10 years ago, probably more.  In terms of overall condition it’s pretty decent, some broken stitches, worn binding and serious fading of green fabric to a pale buff colour, no spots or stains etc etc.  I would estimate the date to be circa 1860s .  The pieced blocks are Triple Sunflower.  My reason (if I needed one) for acquiring this quilt was the quilting – super small stitching and lots of it.

The quilting stitches are really alarmingly small, averaging 13 to the inch –

and the familiar classic motif Feather Wreath –

plus a very delectable Feathered Plume –


The borders are quilted with triple diagonal lines – easy to mark and easy to quilt on a frame –

I found it interesting that the pieced blocks were quilted with an allover pattern rather than “by the piece” – again, easier to quilt when working on a frame.

Note to self: I really do have to knuckle down and draft the quilting patterns from this and other quilts from The Cupboard. ( In the meantime there is a simple measurements-and-construction pattern guide for this quilt available at Meadowside Designs ).

And with that it’s back to my quilt frame where good progress is being made – update next week!

On the frame

An update on the activity at the quilting frame and a bit of background info on the whys and wherefores.

I first set the quilt on the frame lengthways and did as much basic outline quilting as I comfortably could.  This was what I refer to as the first pass.  Quilting patchwork is nowhere near as straightforward as working wholecloth!  Seam allowances to deal with and all that good stuff.  But you knew that …..

Second pass comes after taking the quilt off the frame and putting it back on widthways (longer lengths of tape required at either side) and then continuing to complete the outline quilting.

Pass One, row 1

Pass One row 2

Pass One row 3


Off the frame ready to turn to widthways

Pass Two row 1

I still have no idea what, if anything, I will quilt in the sashings and borders but there is plenty of time to think about that.  The lovely thing about having a quilt set up on a frame (and the necessary space) is that you can just go and sit and put in a few stitches when you can.  I’m doing a minimum of 45 minutes each day and making good progress so far.


Picking up the pieces

Looks like a very different start to April – we are here in the UK waiting out Covid19, hoping everyone is safe and that there are better days to come.   While waiting there will be lots of time for stitching, so I decided that this would be a good idea –

Quilt top made for hand stitching classes at The Corner Patch in 2018 –

It has felt really good to set up my traditional quilt frame again.  8foot long rails and 3foot stretchers, the wood is English ash and despite the size very simple to assemble.  The frame was made for me in the early 1980s by  the late Arthur Warner and was a Christmas present from my husband.

Let’s see where this goes …