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Thread: The 'Treasure' I found in the basement

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    Hi All! I work for a homeless support charity, and we get a lot of donations of bedding, houswares, food etc, and it is all stored in the basement of the building where I work. Imagine my delight when I found a beautiful patchwork quilt in amongst the donations of bedding.
    I have no idea of who donated it or where it came from, but I have rescued it, to see if i can find out about its provenance, or if it is worth anything so I could maybe sell it and put the money towards our charity.
    Anyway, here are the pics. the patches are machine sewn but it is lightly hand quilted in a zig zag pattern. It has a very thin batting and a plain back.
    The edges are interesting - not binded in the usual way, but as you can see from the pic it is different to anything I have seen (in my meagre experience!)

    Would be interested to see what you think about the fabrics, the pattern etc. I am going to send the pics to some British quilting magazines and see if they will publish them to get some info. It would be great to find out who made it!
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    looks like the original quilt in a day that was in all the magazines ages ago. It was one of my first quilts. I think it was "woman's day" that first ran it....edges are very interesting

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    It's beautiful!
    What a great find!

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    Beautiful! I have no idea of it's worth, etc. but I agree -- a GREAT find!! :D

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    My goodness, it's HUGE, too.

    Imagine putting all the work into hand quilting without a label on the back. Is this another reason to label our quilts, folks?

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    that is a beautiful find

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    Beautiful. Remember to put labels on your quilts!

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    Looks like my grandmother's quilting.. I have some of her quilts with zigzags on the edges.. but she bound hers. It's a lovely find.

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    Nice! I love the border being on point!

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    Looks like one called "trip around the world" and many other names i'm sure. That was one of the very popular ones in the 60's if I remember correctly.
    That is very pretty, I love the way the colors go together.....Would love to see what it would look like nicely quilted...Quite a find! :thumbup:

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    Love the fabrics.

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    I think the binding is done the way that I did my 6 I Spy quilts. It is called "pillowcasing" the quilt. If I remember correctly, you layer the quilt with batting then the backing right side up, then the top right side down and sew all around the edges, leaving a 8-10" hole. Then you flip it inside out. Then you can quilt it and whip stitch the hole closed. Someone in my guild had suggested that I do my 6 quilts that way beacause I was running out of time to have them all done by Christmas. When I was done, I topstitched around the edges around 1/4" so that it has the illusion of having the same color binding. This is the first time I've seen it on another quilt!

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    It's a spectacular quilt, but maybe the person who made it is the person who donated it.

    Maybe the donor gave it just so one person who has to accept charity could have a chance to own something really nice.

    I'm sorry, I don't mean to be a party pooper, but I would put it back so it's given to someone getting the charity. Something similar happened in an old episode of Joan of Arcadia, where the donor specifically wanted some donated clothes to go to someone in need, and they sold them and used the money instead for the charity.

    Maybe that would be fine with the donor, but at least try to find out who it was and get that person's permission before doing something else with the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisanne
    It's a spectacular quilt, but maybe the person who made it is the person who donated it.

    Maybe the donor gave it just so one person who has to accept charity could have a chance to own something really nice.

    I'm sorry, I don't mean to be a party pooper, but I would put it back so it's given to someone getting the charity. Something similar happened in an old episode of Joan of Arcadia, where the donor specifically wanted some donated clothes to go to someone in need, and they sold them and used the money instead for the charity.

    Maybe that would be fine with the donor, but at least try to find out who it was and get that person's permission before doing something else with the quilt.
    Good point Lisa, I hadn't thought of it like that. But after thinking a little more, it's a bit of a dilemma. The charity I work with supports homeless people and also anyone who has issues with alcohol. We have to be very careful what we give out to people, as things we give out to our service users will often get sold on (clothes, housewares, even food) so they can buy alcohol or drugs. Anything above basic quality is held back, and sold to raise cash for the charity. It's a bit of a cut throat world, I'm afraid, and while people donate things with the best intentions, they are unaware that things are not always suitable to be given out. Example : We routinely give away donated men's suits to another charity for them to sell in their shops, because our service users do not want them.

    I am going to try and find the story of this quilt, and see what happens. If I end up selling it, finding it a good home, then the money will go towards something that will benefit our service users, such as sleeping bags, wet/cold weather gear, food etc. I hope I have explained this ok, it sounds awful to think that a charity doesn't want something that a person donates, but we never say no to anything, but we do try to find the most appropriate home for it!

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    OH, what a find!! :thumbup: I am so glad you found & rescued it. It is so beautiful & I am sure has quite a story that goes with it. Hopefully you will find out some day. Thank you again, for sharing with all of us here on the QB!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    Lisa that was my first thought. Whoever donated would want it given to someone to use. That was the purpose of giving it. Sorry to be negitive but if I give a quilt to a charity I want it given to someone so that they know someone cared enough to make a quilt just for them.

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    if these are homeless people, this quilt will be dragged around, bundled up, stolen,
    and finally if anything is left of it, sold. the money can be used where it would do the most good for the most people. homeless people need food and shelter and a blanket that goes in the washer keeps them just as warm. when you donate, you're giving away, it doesn't belong to you anymore. what the recipient does with it isn't up to you. i think something in your belly is more valuable than "handmade", especially if that someone is a child.

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    Hi Prettykitty Thank you for sharing this with us. I bet you didn't dream of some of these comments when you posted this for us to enjoy. You are the professional, you do as you see fit. God bless you for the work you do for those in need!!!

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    It's beautiful. What a treasure.

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    Wow, what a treasure!

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    What a wonderful find. Someone took the time to make sure the tan and white stripes all went the same direction. You truly did find a treasure.

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    What a great find!!

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