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Thursday, January 5, 2012

A "new" "old" mini-quilt

Last summer I acquired an antique log cabin quilt (which I thereafter named "trashy log cabin quilt" due to its exceedingly poor condition!

After managing to salvage small strips of fabric I put together a mini quilt to commemorate the original. The rest of the Q went into the trash! It was simply unsalvagable. The backing was rotted. Fabrics were filthy, even after three washings.

This week I basted, quilted, and finished a narrow binding from some antique fabric I had on hand.

The fabs are circa 1900-1910. The yellow I'm certain is earlier. Even though they are faded, I love this mini antique quilt.

And I love how the afternoon winter sun comes into my living room.

The quilt is pinned to the wall over the Singer treadle in its oak parlor cabinet.

In case you've never "pinned" a quilt to the wall...I often use short silk pins to tack a small quilt to the sheetrock wall. A pair of needle-nose pliers works well in pressing the pins through the fabric and into the sheetrock. This won't work on hard plaster walls, so don't even try! lol. If I decide later to remove the quilt, the tiny pin holes are almost unnoticeable.

Don't forget to click on the photos for a close-up view.



  • At January 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    Nice to see someone's hard work live on, great job.
    Imagine how old some of these fabrics must be & knowing that even when the quilt was made it was already a second life for the fabrics used. A reminder of how spoiled we are by our available fabrics and products that make our daily lives so much easier, but not necessarily richer :)
    I love it.


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