I've decided, suddenly, that Wednesdays (or at least this one) are for quilting posts.
Spurred on by a conversation with Lene, I set out this morning to take some digital pictures of the antique quilts in my collection. I have a huge collection of them, both finished quilts and tops, having gotten into loads of trouble on eBay years ago.
While I was going through the eight foot tall shelf in my bedroom (no kidding, it's that big) that's filled with quilts, I was looking for a few that would be of particular interest to Lene. However, there are two that I want to share today, and these are the two old quilts I own that just make me laugh.
The first one is an appliqué quilt. Many people think of applique as being fine, detailed, or especially fancy. This one isn't.
This is the funkiest looking appliqué flower, and the flowers themselves are somewhat randomly placed. Although it probably bears some vague relation to traditional pomegranate appliqué quilts, it's just it's own primitive self. Shamelessly so. What I love about this quilt, though, is that the appliqué is really very respectable in it's execution. This quilter didn't choose this simple pattern because her appliqué skills were lacking, she chose it because ... she designed it? She liked it? She wanted a simple project?
Another thing about this quilt is that the quilting is beautiful. It's got feathers and wreaths quilted all over it. This wasn't hastily executed, and considering the simplicity of the flowers, the quilting stitches bring the entire quilt up a notch. Here's a close-up of both the quilting and the appliqué:
As you can see, the quilt is faded, and has lost some of it's stitching. I think it was well used.
The other "funny" quilt I have is a pieced quilt.
Now, look closely. This quilt seems like it was trying to be a traditional eight-pointed star block. But it isn't, really. The pieces, quite honestly, don't fit together very well. Yes, there are eight points, but the points in between were cobbled together and appliquéd to the background.
The funniest part is the center:
The center was totally and completely botched. You can see that the white diamonds aren't really diamond shaped at all. The solution? Just appliqué a yellow star in the middle and call it done.
This quilter didn't let her mistakes stop her from finishing the quilt with style. This quilt, like the previous one (even more so) is beautifully quilted.
Once again, feathered wreaths, skillfully quilted. Every area of this quilt is filled with beautiful designs, and the quilting is actually quite fine.
I think both of these quilts can teach valuable lessons. About not giving up on something that isn't perfect, about taking something through to the finish, and doing it well, if not flawlessly.
Having lost my good morning sunlight in the bedroom, I won't be taking any more quilt pictures today. But I think I'll be posting more about some of the quilts I've got, as I work on getting them out and photographed.