Last Christmas my mother-in-law gave me this beautiful antique quilt top.
Isn’t it lovely? I couldn’t really act so surprised when I opened the gift because I had been with her when she bought it last summer at the Allegan Antiques Fair. In fact, I was the one who first noticed the topper draped over an old wire hanger in someone’s small booth. Marian had gone back to review it and somehow snagged a great deal on it. I think she paid like $25 for it. She’s got skillz.
I hadn’t recognized the design so I perused my Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns for the pattern. It’s called Friendship Album.
A closer look at the topper, after washing and drying it, revealed more mismatched seams than I originally noticed.
The artisan also failed to properly piece each block as they don’t lie flat and straight. So quilting it will be a trial, but I’m willing to give it a shot. It has such beautiful colors and is such a nice size. I’m actually fine with it not being pieced perfectly. If it were I’d be afraid to use it after quilting it because it would be Antique Art. But now it’s just Vintagey Art. And I’ll enjoy it for years to come.
Some girls dream of diamonds or Lexuses at Christmas.
Me, I’m quite content with some old fabric that’s been sitting in someone’s basement for a few decades.