Here is a wonderful quilt...and I DO mean wonderful! Before we put my blackboard up, this spot is where I displayed quilts from time to time...and this photo is an old one. But, I decided this week to show you this quilt one more time. I do love it so! The quilt and I first met in a flea market (of course!) several years ago. My eyes landed right on it and it was love at first sight. After taking a closer look at it, I realized that it was completely unusable. It is basically falling completely apart. However, that fact only made me love it more. I wondered who made it and where it came from...as you know, I often have those same thoughts about other items I pick up at the flea market.
It is, as you already know, a Log Cabin quilt. Maybe my favorite quilt pattern of ALL time. The quilt is ten blocks by eleven blocks, all the same except that row of 'pineapple' blocks down the left hand side. The 'logs' are a tad less that 1 inch wide....except the pineapple 'logs' and I guess because of use and age, they are not all the same width at all. I have wondered why that left hand strip of pineapple blocks are there.....thinking maybe the maker started with those, thought it more work, then went on with the log cabin blocks...after all, they do look pretty darn good together. Who knows, there could be any number of reasons why it was made this way. Maybe they had the pineapple blocks leftover from another quilt and didn't want to 'waste' them.
I'm sure all the fabrics used were from old garments or scraps of new garments at the time of construction, but whatever the circumstances, the quilt is now quite worn out, or, as I prefer to say -
"well-loved." It truly is falling apart. Perhaps if you look closely you will see some holes, unraveled seams and fabric in shreds. One whole block is completely gone. As I looked over this quilt at the flea market, I knew I would take it home, no matter it's condition...like I said, it was 'love at first sight.' When I found the price tag, I KNEW it was going with me....$6. Now, some would say even that small amount might be too much for a quilt in this condition, but not me....I was thrilled and decided to enjoy it until it's last days. Or mine, whichever comes first.
Every now and again, I take it out of the quilt closet and look it over and enjoy it one more time. The back is homespun fabric and there is no batting...it isn't even quilted just sewn to the back every now and then.
I have never been one to 'cut up' a quilt...especially one I loved like this one. And, IF it were in a stable and usable condition, I wouldn't even suggest cutting it apart. But, I have an English friend who uses vintage quilt pieces in her work and I have to say, I love what she does. Again, the quilt pieces she uses are well loved and coming apart too. You can visit Mandy at her blog here and see (be sure and look up her birds!). I also have a small collection of other quilts in this same condition and am just now coming 'around' to the idea of using them to make other pieces of art and sharing them on my etsy shop...long empty...at 'some point' in the future. As with all artists, mine would look nothing like Mandy's as we have very different ways of working and 'seeing' things...but I like that she is giving old pieces new life and keeping things from the landfill, as I like to do also. If and when I manage to start on this kind of project, I will probably share a bit of this great quilt with her....fitting, I believe, to share it with her, as she has inspired me to dream of my own 'cutter quilt' art.
The quilt is all hand-stitched (just the way I like to make them!) and the logs are sewn to a fabric foundation with the entire top just basically 'tacked' with a running stitch here and there...no batting, as I've already said.
Here you can see the homespun backing.....and some logs have almost disappeared. There is no binding as the backing is folded over to the front and sewn down. And, the quilt itself is quite heavy.
So there you have it.....a very old, but still beautiful Log Cabin Quilt. I've always wanted to reproduce it, but don't know if I have that much quilting left in me....we'll see. But, I do think sharing pieces of it and letting others enjoy those bits and pieces of vintage fabric is not a bad idea. Would you do that? I figure some of you would and some wouldn't. Me, I've changed my mind about a lot of things as I have aged, so spreading the love around makes sense to me!!! Mandy, you will be the first to know if I separate these blocks!!!
Last week, I thought Fall was on it's way...it was so beautiful here...but up in the nineties again yesterday and today....so no, the cooler mornings and evenings are not here yet, but getting closer. Fall is my very favorite time of the year....hope we all get to enjoy it for more than a week or two before winter sets in (or, summer stays). Does it feel to you as if the year is disappearing before your very eyes? Does to me. Take care out there.....pat