Monday, November 7, 2011

vintage quilt mondays : pink + green


Welcome back to another addition of Vintage Quilt Mondays. I'm having a lot of fun with this little weekly feature, and it's been great for me to get out my old quilts and really take a look at them. I hope you all are enjoying it, too.



This quilt is another thrift store find that I purchased probably seven or eight years ago. I'm not sure what the pattern is, or how old it is, but I love this quilt. And I especially love that square that has the blue flying geese in it. How fabulous is that, mixed in with all the pink and green?



This quilt is not in the best shape: there are lots of areas where the appliqued designs have worn off, there are holes, there are areas where the fabric has faded, but I think it's absolutely stunning just how it is. And it means it probably was used for years and years, which I love.



The quilt is looks like it was entirely hand pieced and hand quilted. And even though it is most likely at least 70-80 years old, there are a lot of things about it that feel very modern to me: the solid pink and green fabrics combined with the plaid fabric in the photo above, and the circular areas of quilting, like in the photograph below, and that unexpected square with the blue geese, as mentioned above.



And I just adore these sweet little appliqued birds and stylized flowers




They aren't in the best shape (and some are more threadbare than others), but you can see that they all were appliqued by hand with turned edges.










And I found the price tag while I was taking these pictures yesterday. Guess what I paid for it?



I paid a whopping $18 for this at a thrift store. Can you imagine? It's really kind of sad to me to think that someone's gorgeous handiwork ended up at a thrift store at such a cheap price. But, the quilt now has a good home, and I'm lucky to have the quilt.

7 comments:

Jill said...

I love it too!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Chelsea said...

Wow, that's beautiful and the work that went into it! It's nice to see that it was used and loved, it's just sad that it ended up in a thrift shop. At least you can love it again.

Esch House Quilts said...

What a lovely quilt! I'm so glad you rescued it from the thrift shop.

It must have been a stunner in its heyday.

nerdysewist said...

I love these vintage quilts. I have to say, your blog is at the top of my favorite list. I love your modern quilts and vintage throwbacks. Thanks for all the inspiration!
~Kristina

Bonnie K Hunter said...

This quilt is WAY older than 70-80 years old! Probably 1860 or earlier...can't tell from here, but you sure have a treasure!

amy smart said...

What a great find. I'm so glad it fell into the hands of someone who would appreciate the love and effort that went into it.

Aggiequilter said...

Lovely old quilt, disappearing fabrics or not ... and I agree with Bonnie, I'm not an appraiser but I've worked with and repaired many antique quilts. Your quilt looks to be much older than you think - around the Civil War era or right for sure ...

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