Saturday, May 06, 2006

Baskets


This antique quilttop is a gift from Bonnie . I am so happy with it !! It is a top made by a woman in 1890 /1900. Some red fabrics are faded. One block she ran out the fabric and she used two different reds. The basting threads are still in the handles. And at some blocks she sewed pieces together to get the right size of background .You can see at one block that the stripes of the fabric is going to every direction. I love it also because a lot of points are chopped of. Are we these days to precise???
I can't wait to quilt it. For me it is a amazing feeling to finish a quilt from a woman who made the top 100 years ago. I am dream about what kind of lady she was. She must be rich because the top was made by a sewing machine and in that time you must have money to buy a sewing machine. How does she lives? Why didn't she finished the quilt. Did she made to many tops to finish them ?? Just like us these days ?? So many answers and I never get them, only in my dreams ......
Lucy


16 comments:

Alena said...

Hi Lucy,
the quilt top is just wonderful, oh, it is more than a 100 years old, what a treasure...
with that lace it looks awsome, you have such a great talent for the textile arts... I really look forward to seing it quilted by you, you are sure to make it a treasure.
thanks for the comment on the video, I thougt it might be interesting for people to see us "alive" - especially you and bonnie who must talk some dutch by now :o) are ecpected to appreciate... thanks once again, it was a pleasure to make us know a bit more, take care and quilt... cannot wait for the results

cher said...

sweet quilt top Lucy- looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

Darcie said...

It has been so incredible catching up with you and Bonnie and your many adventures! What a speacial kinship the two of your share!

This basket quilt is great! Love the red and white. Your hand quilting will be heavenly!

Finn said...

What a treasure that basket quilt top is Lucy, and how wonderful to get a chance to quilt it. I know you will do it justice, and am anxious to see what sort of quilting design you choose for it!

Judy said...

Oh Lucy, what a great priviledge to complete something that someone took so much time to make so many years ago. What a great gift from a great friend. I can't wait to see how you make it even more special. Those empty spaces will be perfect for something very wonderful.

Amazon Alanna said...

What a beautiful antique to work on! It must be such an honor to be an active part of completing something so steeped in history..

Tina said...

What a very special gift, I know what you mean about wondering why she didn't finish her quilt but how lucky for you that you have the privilege of completing it.

karen said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit with Bonnie and the basket quilt is beautiful.. I know you will treasure it.

Patty said...

The red baskets are so pretty. I think a perfect quilt is maybe not the ideal. I think in the old days when things just had to work no matter if they matched 100% or not, was more creative.
I love your tree Lucy, that is so pretty

ForestJane said...

It looks so pretty, hanging there under the tree!

Have you thought about what kind of design you are going to use to quilt it?

Tonya R said...

Yes, there is definitely too much focus on being precise these days. I love these old "make-do" quilts. I'm glad the quilt top found such a good home.

Ms. Jan said...

What a lovely gift from Bonnie. This will be lovely when finished, but looks very nice in the meantime on your wall rack. Lovely!

Dawn said...

That quilt is beautiful! It is going to look wonderful once you get it quilted! I can't wait. What a treasure gift that will be! and your tree is gorgeous too!

Sandra said...

I love the old fashioned basket quilts - your quilting will really bring it to life! Old quilts are extremely rare here so it's nice to see pictures of antique quilts :-)

Laura said...

What a lovely gift from a lovely friend!

Bonnie said...

I never thought about the maker of this quilt having "just too many tops" to quilt...because of her new speedy sewing machine! Maybe she DID become a piece-a-holic after she got that brand new sewing machine...maybe her house was a wreck and she didn't remember the meals for her family, or to do the laundry because...she was at the machinepiecing ANOTHER QUILT TOP! :c) That thought made me smile so much, just like we are today!

Bonnie