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 responses »

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  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).

  3. 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. 🙂

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