Sewing My Life Together

Fabulous Find

I did go to the Lowell Quilt Festival and wrote about how intimidating it all was. I don’t believe I wrote about my ‘find’. The Lowell Quilt Museum had a table there, and they were selling old/antique quilts and quilt tops.

And I bought one. It was dirty, very dirty, and I am sorry to say I did not take a photo of this old and dirty raggy-looking thing. It had been appraised as a hand-made quilt from the 1910’s….and it was on sale for thirty dollars! (What a bargain!). I bought it and took it home. I knew that it had some rips and tears, and I did not know if the dirty stains would come out.

So I put it in the laundry and it cleaned up beautifully! But here are some of the problems.


Other rips and tears


Cleaned up.


Ripped quilt

The truth be told, I do not know what it was stuffed with. It looks like old string. If it was made in the 19 teens, I suspect there was not much factory-made batting sold anywhere, so the people making these quilts had to make something up.

The fabric looks like old calico squares, without much of a pattern. I think the quilter used whatever squares she had, made a pattern out of them, and then started a new pattern with new squares.

From examining the places where the fabric was torn, I could see that the squares were hand-sewn together. The quilting is tied tufts of  ‘stuff’…. It looks like those puffy little balls that are sold to be put on curtains….

So I sat with my sewing needles and thread and stitched up the quilt….and it is done! I like the home-made quality of it, the lack of anything ‘fancy’ or special on it. It appeals to me as a home-grown, home-spun, almost-antique quilt!

And here is the finished product!

Cleaned and sewn....ready to cover a bed!

Cleaned and sewn….ready to cover a bed!

I am very happy!





This entry was published on August 31, 2013 at 11:37 pm and is filed under Crafts, Quilting, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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