Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Mending a 130-Year-Old Quilt
Dazy Drake, a long-time Lasquetian, recently inherited this quilt from her Grandma Harris. She believes it was made as a wedding present by the women of her Grandma's church in southern Indiana, about 130 years ago! (My guess is that it probably is somewhat newer than that, going by the patterns of the flower fabric. But I could well be wrong.)It has been in constant use since then.
The hand quilting is remarkably fine, and I think was essential to the quilt's longevity.
The beautiful pink scalloped border is showing a lot of wear on the top edge. Dazy has entrusted me with its repair.
My approach will be to preserve as much of the original fabric as possible. Where it is just too worn, I will applique new pink fabric over the existing stuff. It will be an opportunity to practice tiny quilt stitches of my own!