When I travel, I love finding vintage quilts in flea markets or antique malls. My budget does not allow for the $500 or $600 mint condition treasure, so I look for beautiful things that may have a flaw that makes them within my budget.
On a trip to Ohio a few years ago, I found this quilt top in an antique mall.
I love the bold orange and green combination!
I always had a thought that someday, I would learn how to quilt, practice on 'lesser' projects and finish this top into an heirloom worthy project! I knew that I would have to learn how to deal with scalloped borders first, though!
I decided, after coming across it while sorting, to take a closer look. To admire the vintage fabrics and color combinations.
After looking at it with a more 'schooled' eye, I decided that I will never make a quilt from this top.
After taking a series of classes and reading lots of books and magazines, I have come away with the fundamental rule that quilts should be flat.
This one is not.
Notice the white crosses with the orange squares in the center? Notice how they look like graceful foothills surrounding the round 'plate'? No amount of pressing will render this quilt top flat!
After a futile turn with a steam iron, an alternate plan began to form. I could take it apart and remake it!
As I began to look closely at the individual fabrics, I noticed something odd.
And some other parts, as well!
There are three blocks made with this fabric, and I am guessing not a bit went to waste. Maybe the original quilter was focused more on the color than the print. I wish we could see a bit more of the faces of the herd, though!(so cute!)
The entire top is hand pieced and the fabrics are in really nice condition. I think I will wait awhile to decide exactly how to use it. My skills are still very basic, and I want to be sure they are up to the project that would do these fabrics justice!
It is kind of freeing, though, knowing that I don't have to live up to a priceless work of stitching!