Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Buried Treasure


It's been awhile since I did an antique quilt post so I am trotting out one of my favorites.  Which means, it is red and green, has great applique and is heavily quilted.  But, the exciting thing happened when I was inspecting it again before I decided to write about it.  Hidden in the tremendous variety of quilting was a signature and date!!  Unfortunately, I can only make out Margaret _______ quilt 18__.  There was a bit of pencil marks left in the date so I thought I could get a photocopy to see if that helped darken it enough to see it.  Before that, however, I took it to a sewing bee to share my excitement and one of the ladies there decided to trying smudging off that pencil mark.  Ack!!  Bye, bye date.  Well, it's still there in the quilting so I will keep trying to make it out. 


The quilt is mostly made of solid fabrics and they are in terrific shape.  I call it a Whig Rose but am no expert on block names so feel free to set me straight.


Here is a decent photo of the quilting.  There are wreaths and a lot of floral elements (stems, leaves and flowers) that mimic the applique shapes in addition to adding to them.


Here is a closer photo of the applique fabrics.  Don't you wish a modern fabric manufacturer could somehow reproduce a red that looks like the faded Turkey red fabric from the 19th century?  Prints are much easier and I have two large pieces of reproduction fabric that looks like the pink print above.  I think I bought three yards of each of them.


This is a better photo of the floral elements in the quilting.  You can see quilted leaves, stems and flower buds here.  I like the way the feathered wreath has been turned into a curved motif that follows the curve of the stem in the border.


I also discovered something fun in my photo editing software.  If you change it to a line drawing it brings out the quilting much better.  See the bud quilted to the left of the stem and the leaf to the right?  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  I am going to take a photo of the signature and date and see if it pops out in a line drawing.  Stay tuned!

14 comments:

Cheryl said...

What a beauty! Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope the date becomes apparent.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It is beautiful, I love red and green quilts.

Janet said...

Oh I hope it works! How exciting to find that information quilted into the quilt. It's a spectacular quilt - thanks so very much for sharing your pictures. The quilting is wonderful! I wish I was in your sewing bee and could have seen it in person... :0)

MARCIE said...

This is why we all must label our quilts! How exciting for that little tidbit tho. Such a beautiful quilt, you want the maker to have some credit! I love how the line drawing came out. Too bad about the smudger.

Me and My Stitches said...

Such an amazing quilt and how awesome that you found info in the quilting - I love that. Now I can't wait to see if you have been able to discover more! Do tell!

Kyle said...

Your quilt is exquisite. I love the precision of the blocks and the whimsy of the border. Isn't modern technology wonderful. Hope it works.

Kimme said...

Just gorgeous Taryn :-) thanks for sharing and I can't wait to see what you discover.

Barb said...

I can see why this is a favorite~
It is lovely in every way. The quilting is especially elegant. Whig rose is one of my favorite applique' patterns.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Kathie said...

oh my gosh Taryn this is just beautiful
hmmm maybe exactly what I am looking for????
Kathie

Vesuviusmama said...

What a neat discovery!

Judy Dietrich said...

This is a beauty!! Funny, when I went to my closet to pull out a gorgeous quilt like this--the cupboard was bare~~~guess I will have to wait for one to appear there or possibly make my own!! Lucky you to have this fantastic piece.

Amish Stories said...

Fall greetings to everyone and hello from an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Richard from Amish Stories.

Barbara said...

Taryn, I hope to see this lovely quilt in person! What a treasure.

Heather said...

I love this quilt. I am currently hand quilting one that I made that is very similar. Thanks for inspiring me to get back to it!

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