Monday, November 28, 2011

vintage quilt mondays : a well loved grandmother's garden

Welcome back to another installment of Vintage Quilt Mondays. It's so nice to get back into the swing of things, especially in light of everything that has gone on the past couple of weeks. And I thought it was fitting to share this quilt with you today, since it's a version of a grandmother's garden quilt. It is hand pieced and hand quilted.

And from the looks of it, it's a quilt that has been well loved, and used for a long time. That's how quilts should be, in my opinion. This one has a lot of faded areas, especially in the green solid fabric that creates the border around each flower. You can see that the original color was almost a kelly green.

But if you look to the left of the purple, green, and yellow flower you can see how light some parts of this fabric has become.

I think I must have picked this quilt up at a garage sale or maybe an estate sale. I honestly don't remember where it came from, but you can see (again, like so many of my others!) that it still has the price tag attached. In this case it's a piece of masking tape with the price of $25 written on in. I'm kind of glad that I've kept the price tags on these quilts, just to remind me how much I've paid for them over the years.

You can also see in this photo above the amount of discoloration that has happened in parts of the quilt.

The green fabric has turned to an almost pale blue color in this section of the quilt.

There are also some holes in the quilt.

And some stains. But like I said above, to me that means the quilt was probably used for years and years. And I love that.


Esch House Quilts said...

The pattern of the fading always makes me wonder how the quilt was used. Was it on a bed in a sunny bedroom with the unfaded part against a wall? Always folded with the same part showing on a couch? You get the idea :)

pasqueflower said...

What a lovely antique quilt! I love the "green path" Grandmother's flower garden quilts.

I'm working on a major English paper piecing project, but I've never made a flower garden quilt.

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