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Thread: Quilting an old (like 100 years) quilt top

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    Super Member Eddie's Avatar
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    There's a couple, Tom and Gail, that I know from a local historical group that I'm good friends with, have known them about 20 years. They're more like second parents to me, and Gail has even told me at times that I'm her "second son". :) Tom's grandmother made many quilts and he has probably a dozen tops of hers that were never quilted. So Gail asked if I would quilt a couple of them. I was delighted. :D And she gave me my pick of the tops to keep for myself to make me one as well.
    Now I was doubly delighted. :D :D

    The tops were made by Mary Jane (Weathers) Senter, and she was born in 1843 and died in 1937 at age 93. She married Robert Winthrop Senter in 1861 when she was 18. I'm not sure how old she was when she made this particular quilt top, but in looking at the fabrics I can see some that are strikingly similar to some Civil War reproduction fabric that I have. So my guess is maybe late 1800s. There was not a straight seam anywhere on the top, but I guess that's part of the charm, right? :) This first quilt is one that Gail picked out that she wanted done, and I just did a free-motion quilt pattern all over it so it will hopefully help it hold up from any deterioration. I had some nice red-check fabric that I used for the binding on it that matched some of the fabric in it really well.

    Looking forward to doing the next two now. :D

    I have some Civil War repro fabric that is almost identical to that fabric in the middle square.
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    You did a wonderful job quilting it!!!
    How special for you to do this for them and even more special that you get to keep one for yourself!!!

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    WOW.. that is some treasure.. and MORE to boot!!! Yes I am jealous!

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    Eddie, that's a beautiful old quilt. I love those old ones.
    Hey, I'm going to try those Hickory Nuts tomorrow at a one day retreat. I want to do a table runner and maybe some trivets. The fabric I picked has bird houses and birds on it. I'll try to post a pix if they turn out okay.

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    Just wondering if you included the 'history' of the quilt and maker in a label for the quilt - for the next generation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbud2
    Just wondering if you included the 'history' of the quilt and maker in a label for the quilt - for the next generation!
    I did make a name label for it on my embroidery machine.
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    Nice job. The quilts are beautiful, this was very nice of you to do this, and nice for you to keep one.

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    Eddie's a regular quiltin' machine!!! This is just a lovely quilt!

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    That is a wonderful quilt. I'm so glad you got to preserve a little piece of quilting history. You did a wonderful job.

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    Good job Eddie.

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