Several years ago when I was busy with work related travel, I had little time for piecing tops. I got the bright idea to purchase tops on eBay so I could quilt them as I had time. It sounds good in theory, but the reality is quite different. I purchased a dozen tops, but the quality of the fabric and condition of the tops left a bit to be desired. When I opened the packages, I was somewhat dismayed by my impulsive and imprudent purchases. Chagrined, I stuffed them into a cupboard for several years, but since my retirement, I have forced myself to bring them out of hiding and quilt them.
This vintage nine patch quilt is one of those infamous e-Bay flimsies. The vintage cotton top is hand pieced and showed evidence of unprotected storage in an attic where little four footed creatures scurry. Sigh!
I prepared a backing of a greenish grey shirting and quilted it with a tan thread in a pattern called Pretty Posie, designed by Tammy Finkler, which suited the old fashioned nature of the quilt. The batting is Warm and Natural – 100% cotton.
Once quilted, I soak-washed the quilt, using a healthy dose of Fantastic on the stains on the top. After a good rinse, I dried it in the dryer. It came out soft and puckered, like a well-worn old quilt. I then bound the quilt with a slate blue cotton shirting.
I’m quite pleased with the final result. The stains are mostly gone and it looks like a well loved vintage quilt. My son has asked me not to give it away and I have agreed. This quilt will find a home at our summer cottage where it will be a great snuggle quilt for cool summer evenings on the screened-in porch. Now I am sorry I left this top hidden in a cupboard for so many years!