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Thread: Antique Grandmother's Flower Garden

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    I bought this antique quilt top on ebay a while back for a song. It is all hand pieced from what looks like feed sack material. Isn't it beautiful! It also came with a dozen orphan blocks and various pieces. The top is about 92 x 78.

    Now, I could hand quilt it myself, but I know that even if I started it, I would never complete it. Too many other things to do. So kwhite, who lives in Amish country is going to find someone to quilt it for me by hand. I considered (briefly) machine quilting it, reasoning that either I do that or someday someone will sell the same unfinished top on ebay when I'm dead. But dear k came to the rescue. It's too beautiful not to finish, and while I'm not one of those who think that only hand quilted pieces can be called true quilts, I just couldn't bring myself to machine quilt this.

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    Fabulous!!! Just imagine all that work. :shock:

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    That is so beautiful!! I love how the green between the blocks almost makes it look like lace. You're going to have such a treasure when it's done, and such a tribute to whoever made it!!! :D

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    Wow, someone put a lot of work into this. You'll have a treasure when it's quilted. What are you going to do with those orphan blocks?

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    OMG - that's beautiful and you want to hear something amazingly coincidental? I have a very similar one I bought at auction years ago. I, too, want mine handquilted. Maybe you'll pass on the info from KWhite to me? That would be wonderful!

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    Beautiful. I'm a believer in hand quilting hand piece top. I'm glad you are having that done.

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    My GFG is ehco quilted on every block. Have you decided how you want it done?

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    That sounds good to me!

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    Good idea! Around here the hand stitching is quick and inconsistent with some--not all, of course. So, research well.

    I once had a boyfriend whose grandmother made that pattern for us--but we never even got to the engagement phase. I used to visit her and watch her quilt. My mother told me years later that she asked the grandmother if she would sell the quilt to her to give to me, but she wouldn't go for it. I did get a pillow though. :D

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    It's lovely!

    Simple quilting for this, but if the Amish quilt it for you, leave it up to them. They will know just what to do with it.

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    kwhite is going to be doing the research for me. I haven't decided what to do with the orphan blocks, but there are a bunch of them.

    What struck me about this quilt is the green diamonds between the blocks. I don't think I'd ever seen one quite like that before. And they are really small!

    I am sad that someone's family didn't realize the treasure that they had. But maybe there wasn't any family. It sold for a song, and I'm glad I rescued it.

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    You certainly acquired a great
    treasure, with that buy!! :D I
    will be anxious to see how you
    decide to quilt it. Thank you so
    much for sharing with all of us.
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    It's absolutely beautiful, and it's found a good home with you. I think the handquilting idea is probably the best way to go, it will be truly glorious when finished.

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    WOW that is a gorgeous quilt!!! Yeah Kwhite!!! :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter
    OMG - that's beautiful and you want to hear something amazingly coincidental? I have a very similar one I bought at auction years ago. I, too, want mine handquilted. Maybe you'll pass on the info from KWhite to me? That would be wonderful!
    Red, I'll certainly let you know!

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    Gai that is beautiful. And I agree completely with your decision to have it hand quilted. Nothing wrong with machine quilting as you say, but for something like this, hand quilting is more authentic and fitting somehow.

    It's so sad that heirlooms like this go for a song. But I'm thrilled that this one at least found a good home with you. :D

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    PS How big are the hexagons? And do you think it was EPP'd? Are there papers in it still? Sometimes they're old envelopes or letters and have dates on.

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    Just beautiful.

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    What a treasure! I think hand-quilting is the way to go.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful to know its history. At least now it will be with someone who appreciates it and that is so great, as a lot of hard work went into this top.


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    What a great find!

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    Thank you!

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    great find -

    it's big!

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    Gai..that is just gorgeous and I'm sooo happy that you are having it hand quilted. It will be a big job, but well worth it. The original maker will be proud (probably from quilters heaven)..I'm curious now...is there a date anywhere on it?

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    So cool. What are you going to put on the back? Are you going to in incorporate the orphan blocks? Did you get the backstory on the top?

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    WOW -- that's gorgeous. So glad you "rescued" that top and will do right by it. It amazes me what people will sell. My kids will have a terrific garage sale when my time comes. (I also bought some quilt tops from ebay -- got burned by several, and the others are incredibly ugly. But hey, somebody somewhere spent a lot of time piecing them. At least now they are on my shelf where I can appreciate the work that went into them.)

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