Monday, February 18, 2013
Aged to Perfection
I want to share with you the vintage quilts I received from my Aunt Beth Ann. These quilts were in her family. The first one is a twin size pink and white quilt. The hand quilting on this is super tiny. I am in awe of the stitching. It is a simple pattern of two different size squares. The pink has mellowed to a lovely shade. I have a fun story for you. After I got the quilt I soaked it over night in a vintage textile soak to remove the yellowing. Almost immediately I began to notice hard dark bits in the batting which were rising up to the backing. These fragments were everywhere. I decided to open up a seam and take one out. This is what I found…
…a tiny leaf with a stem (I put it in the shell so you could see it better). I removed another one that was a hard seed. So I began to explore vintage quilt batting on line. What I discovered was so interesting. Before the invention of the cotton gin, around the late 1700's, cotton was picked from the field and batted by hand. Often times all the cotton debris (leaves and seeds) where not removed entirely. It also said that quilters who lived in the south where cotton was grown continued to make their own batting at least until the 1940's because it was less expensive. I have no idea how old this quilt is, but I'm thrilled at this discovery. When the quilt is dry, you can't see the debris at all. The other two quilts I soaked did not have this in the batting. I will show you the next one tomorrow.
On Saturday I was bored out of my mind! I started playing with scraps of fabric and this was the result. I made a simple envelope back for the sham. The pillow is a standard bed size pillow. I was craving color and I got it! Blessings today, friends!