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Thread: Unusual vintage quilt I got at an antique store

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    When we were on vacation this week in Florida we went to some antique stores in the area. I'm always on the lookout for vintage quilts and looking for a bargain. I found this one for $45. I was really struck by how unusual it was in several respects:

    1. The circular block pattern. I've seen strips sewn together like this for squares, but not for circles. I thought it was very interesting.

    2. The black fabric used in the background. I don't think I've ever seen a vintage quilt that used a solid black like this for the background, but it seems like the perfect choice for making those circles really pop. As you can see also, the maker used several different kinds of black fabric.

    3. The backing has an orange stripe fabric. Again, an unusual choice, but it seems to work really well with the rest of the quilt.
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    Beautiful quilt. Great colors. Lucky find.

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    WOW!!! Great find :D:D:D

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    Great find!

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    It's called a spider web pattern. Great find!

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    wow, you find the most cool quilts on earth, you must be a magnet, ha ha

    thanks for sharing!

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    Very cool & unusual from any I have seen. Great find & a good price to boot!

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    Nice find, Eddie. You have such a good eye for color and design. Do you think someone might have dyed fabric for the background? I've been reading articles from the 1930s-40s where people removed the printing from sacks and dyed the fabric. Just a thought...........

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    Beautiful quilt, love the design and colours, lucky you!

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    I think it's called a spider web

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    Great quilt!

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    Great find!

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    Great find on your vintage quilt, I don't know how you always find these quilts, when I look in antique shops, the price is always real high.

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    Definately a spider web quilt. A great find. They were usually made with scraps. eleanor burns has a pattern for this that I did a few years ago. thanks for posting your great find. Denise

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    Looks like someone was "ahead of their time" maybe with those fabric choices. Great find!

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    Thanks for ID'ing the pattern, everyone. I guess I can call this my Halloween quilt - Spiderwebs, Black, and Orange, LOL! :D

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    What a cool quilt!! This was put together with Triangles and squares, not circles like it looks. The circled red triangle is the base, and the strips are put on either end, then 4 of these triangles are sewn together to make a square (circled in blue), once you put a bunch of these squares together you get that circular pattern. It's a great optical illusion, and is a classic spider web quilt!! it is very stunning and you are lucky to own it.

    Cheers!
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    beautiful! ONly 45$ I think you got a great deal as well!

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    Beautiful old quilt. Truly an amazing find.

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    This was an awesome find! Happy for you!

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    Wow, what a bargain. You were lucky, it's a great quilt.

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    Hi, Eddie! The block is called "Wheel of Fortune" as noted in my 501 quilt blocks book. You are correct in the unique colors and overall make up of the quilt. I have never seen this design before, but imagine it dates somewhere in the 40s or 50s.
    Thanks for sharing it with us here.

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    what a great find~

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    My book calls it Wheel of Fortune.

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    It is a very nice find, Eddie. I really like the bright colors in the blocks.

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