Thursday, June 7, 2012
One of the things I love about quilting, sewing and vintage is that as soon as friends know you love it they bring you the most amazing things! My friend, Char, spotted this quilt top at the second hand store she works at. She so kindly thought of me. The applique on this block is amazing. The stitches are so tiny that you can't even see them. The blocks are machine pieced. It is a large top almost twin size. I'm planning on hand quilting it and could use your help. What would you back it with? Should I look for vintage fabric? Should I use muslin? I'm stumped. I'm stumped as well on what this block is called. It is not Sun Bonnet Sue and I believe that is a rolling pin she's wielding, a bit menacingly I might add. I welcome your thoughts. Don't forget about the giveaway that ends tonight at midnight!
Posted by Sewn With Grace at 10:46 AM
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I like the idea of muslin for the backing for this quilt.ReplyDelete
What a neat quilt! I think if you could find a vintage fabric or vintage sheet that would go with it, would be pretty. Can't wait to see what you do!! xo HeatherReplyDelete
My grandmother would never have considered anything but muslin for a quilt back when she was quilting in the early part of this century. Of course, that means I think all vintage quilts should have muslin backing. :) blessings, marleneReplyDelete
I think I would go with muslin also. And at first I thought she had a knife in her hands. Now I agree that it is probably a rolling pin. I've never seen one like that before!ReplyDelete
I agree with the muslin, too. The pattern is so cool! When I first saw it, I thought of "three blind mice," but it was a carving knife the woman had, not a rolling pin. Now I'm thinking it reminds me of a "Judy" quilt from Punch and Judy. I was never a fan of them, though. I think it is quirky enough to use as a wedding shower present, LOL! By the way, another blog that I follow, "Andie Johnson Sews" has photos from your cafe! Check it out.ReplyDelete
Cute quilt top. I like the muslin idea, too. When I began quilting in the 60's, muslin was what I knew. I have seen that design of the woman with the rolling pin, altho not on a quilt. Was that an early 1900's cleaning powder logo? I like it. It conveys power. L0L ---A personal story... an older friend of my soon to be parents-in-law insisted on coming to my bridal shower because he wanted to give me "something I would need," which turned out to be a substantial rolling pin "to keep the new DH in line." I still have the pin; used it many times --for pie dough. :-)ReplyDelete
I definitely agree with the others..muslin would be perfect. It is a fun top...someone had a sense of humor and sewed it with lots of love. Have fun..ReplyDelete
Pretty find! I think a vintage linen would be neat on the back, can't wait to see what you do!! :) xo HollyReplyDelete
I am picturing a tiny 30's repro feedsack. Something that would combine the green on the front. Now don't laugh. My mom is tiny too, she used to get angry every once in a blue moon and would slam her rolling pin down on the counter...until the end broke off! Oh the memories. I will send you a couple of pictures if I find some fabrics...smiles...ReneeReplyDelete
That rolling pin wielding granny reminds me of the expression "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" Tee hee...ReplyDelete
I think I'd use muslin so as not to compete with this delightful top.
Thanks for sharing, Renee...It's adorable!
Cute quilt. I don't think I have ever seen that pattern. If I had to pick a fabric for the back it would be either plain muslin or pick a color out of the quilt. Oooh I see a peek of mosaic in the background. Looks cute.ReplyDelete
My dear quilting friend who is 83 years old is currently hand quilting antique quilts and will only use muslin. So that is my suggestion. :0) You are a lucky girl to receive such lovely gifts. :0)ReplyDelete
Miss you. Can't wait to catch up. Love ya. Trish
That quilt is gorgeous!!! I have been looking everywhere for the past year for that color green!!!!!! I want to use it in a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt I am making.....use it for the 'garden path'. So vintage I canNOT find anything close to that color. Do you know of any????? Definitely muslin and I have seen that pattern before---rolling pin it is!! Hugs, DoreenReplyDelete
I would use a 30's solid color for the back. What color, I don't know, but that's what I would be searching for.ReplyDelete
I love that quilt top! It is so fun. I'm thinking a solid colr from the front, unless you can maybe find a calico that matches.ReplyDelete
Hee-hee! I think the Mr came home too late at night!ReplyDelete
I bought a cutter quilt at the farm chicks show. I'm waiting for some sun to get some pics of it.
Not against the idea of muslin, but if you decided on a vintage fabric, a 'kitchen-ey' print would be great with saucepans, etc. on it. :) Happy crafting, JennyReplyDelete
I think muslin would be great!!! What a cute pattern, never have seen it before, my grandkids would love it, they always are looking and playing with my rolling pin, play dough, mud, you name it,ReplyDelete
This is the first time I have read your blog and found it so inspirational. The pattern on your quilt is from the "Old Dutch Cleanser" product. I know because we had that around our house growing up--I'm Dutch! The Dutch girl is "chasing away" dirt! The new Dutch Girl Cleanser is using a magic wand instead of a stick or rolling pin. Blessings to you!ReplyDelete