Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Quite possibly my favorite quilt


I decided to take advantage of the fact we haven't moved yet to take pictures of my favorite quilt on our trusty, rustic fence.

This quilt was given to me by my mother-in-law a few years ago. She found it while cleaning out her own mother-in-law's home of 50ish years. Our guess is that it was made by my husband's great-grandmother. I felt so privileged that she would give it to me - but I think she knew I would give it a loving home. And it will be a special treasure for my girls one day to have this family heirloom.

I love that the fabrics are so random and scrappy but that chedder-y yellow solid and green-check-with daisy-motif tie it all together. That same daisy fabric is on the back of the quilt.

But it's also fun to note that the maker ran out of that daisy fabric part way through making the diamonds and substituted other greens. (You can see in the bottom-left photo above.) I love all of the prints in this quilt. Looking at them makes me think the quilt was made sometime in the 1930's. [anyone else want to weigh in?] Lot's of feedsack-looking fabrics.

One reader just asked about quilting. Good eyes! No, this quilt is not quilted. It is only tied. This is perhaps it's greatest flaw. The ties do not hold the quilt together as much as I would like and it is therefore a bit fragile. The more a quilt is quilted, the better it will hold up in the long run.

But I love it none the less.
This quilt gives me a nice case of the warm fuzzies.

Which I really need at the moment. We just found out our move has been postponed another week. Argh. This is the second time. The lenders are SO SLOW right now and they are requiring ridiculous amounts of minutia in terms of credit reports and tax information and appraisals. A sad swing of the pendulum because of the hedonistic lending practices of the past few years. Just this morning I read a headline that said: Norms change for home sales; Buyers have to jump through more hoops. I can add a hearty 'amen' to that statement. I don't mind so much that we have to wait because, other than the trips to the new school, I'm not in a hurry to leave our current neighborhood. And I'm all for being thorough and not repeating the process that has made the current financial mess for our economy. The thing that is irritating is having the finish line repeatedly moved - being told "one more thing" or we will hopefully have things ready by tomorrow" repeated a dozen times. I would just like them to give me a final closing date - I don't care when it is - so I don't have to keep rescheduling movers and carpet-layers and babysitters and people to cover me at work.

Okay, sorry about the rant. Deep breath. I feel better now. You are all such patient friends.

13 comments:

  1. Are there any quilting stitches on this beautiful quilt, other than the ties? I recently tied a quilt, and it is the coziest quilt I've ever made. It doesn't look as finished as a quilted quilt, though. Therein lies the debate for me...coziness and comfort vs. beauty in quilting. What do you think?

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  2. I can see why you love this quilt. It is just beautiful, even in its fragile tied state. I sure hope that the banks get all their minutia straight for your sake. The date moving is a drag.

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  3. Wow this is a beautiful quilts made all the more special because your mother-in-law gave it to you. Your daughters will love it when it comes time to pass it a long... I wonder how old it is? Looks to be in excellent shape. Thanks for sharing!
    Paulette

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  4. Yes, a beautiful quilt! Makes you want to label all your stuff right away, though, doesn't it.

    Sorry about your lending hoops. A cousin went through the same thing last year. That moving end-dateis the most frustrating!

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  5. Hey Amy!

    I'll give you another "AMEN" on your rant!

    What an awesome hierloom! How do you store/display it?

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  6. What a great treasure in the 30's quilt! I hope everything moves quickly...what a frustrating thing!

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  7. Sorry your move is postponed, not fun! LOVE LOVE LOVE that quilt... sooooo fab!

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  8. First, I love, love, love that quilt!
    Second, My daughter and SIL just went through the same thing with a lender a few weeks ago. The only problem was they had to be out of their condo, and the owner wouldn't budge with giving them extra days. My daughter's feeling was that the lender didn't have the money yet to lend, so they kept putting them off with lame excuses. It went on for weeks. If they were completely honest, they should give you a list of what they need up front, so you can have it all ready. Instead they put everyone through %?8&. (whoops, I mean heck).

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  9. I really hope the move situation gets sorted out soon. My cousin is in the same process right now, and it's not fun.
    But, that old quit does make it all a little better - how beautiful!

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  10. That quilt is AMAZING! I have never seen a pattern like that before and love it! But I agree, the best part is the family legacy!

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  11. So sorry about your move being delayed. But I LOVE that quilt! The fabrics and the design are so fun - Do you think it was done with templates? If you ever write up a pattern, please let me know/post it at Etsy!

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  12. What a treasure that quilt is.
    The wait will be worth it once your finally settled in your new home. Patience

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  13. oh, that is such a gorgeous quilt! how amzing to have it passed down to you.
    hopefully everything works out soon for your move, the waiting has to be hard!

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