Tailor’s quilt

My dear mominlaw, Elaine, gave me a piece of family history.  Her grandfather was a tailor.  He made men’s suits.  Being a frugal family, nothing could go to waste…including the woolen salesman’s samples of fabrics.  So, the tailor’s wife, Elaine’s grandmother, made a quilt of these samples.  Over the years, its been used, mended, darned and patched.  I love this about this quilt.  But with all the patching and wear, I don’t think anyone will treasure it for itself, and display it, or actually use it.  So I’ve made a decision to cut it up and use the patchworked fabric for the background of a quilt(s) that I will gift to family members.  Really don’t know where this project will go, but I want to get it started.  This is definitely a long term project, and one without any patterns or planned final outcomes.  Today, I gently washed  about 100 years of soil out of the quilt:

And hung it to dry:

Now I must make decisions on cutting it apart….this is difficult and scary, and very final.


5 thoughts on “Tailor’s quilt”

  1. This is a fabulous idea! What about something with crazy quilt-like embroidery? I can’t imagine how heavy that quilt was when it was wet! Looks like Bibs enjoyed the show. 🙂

  2. What a treasure just to have something that has been in the family so long. Can’t wait to see what you come up with (Under Miss Bibbs’ careful supervision of course).

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