Salvaging a wedding quilt
Before I say anything about the quilt, I have to show you this homework that Jack turned in this week:
That's right. For the letter "T" he made bloody hands that had been poked by tacks. LOL
I saw several quilts while garage saling on Saturday. 1970's versions of Sunbonnet Sue, cross stitched quilts, etc. But none of them really spoke to me. I found this one in the garage of nearly the last house we stopped at. There was no price on it and when I asked how much a long conversation followed with the ladies holding the sale (amongst themselves) about where it came from.
Apparently the mother of the women had a quilt made for each of her girls when they got married, and this was one of their wedding quilts.
After a full 5 minutes of discussion she said I could have it for a dollar. (I know, who sells their wedding quilt for a dollar?) When I got it home I did finally find a price tag that said "OLD $1". Curious really.
It was pretty clearly assembled in the 1970's, but there is a wide age range of fabrics in the butterflies. It had been hand quilted and would have been in beautiful shape except that the white she used as the fields for the butterflies had TOTALLY disintegrated.
So I spent 2 hours in front of freaks and geeks while the boys were mudding the drywall in the basement taking off the butterflies.
And another hour in the sun in the yard yesterday while Jack played in the sandbox (which is AWESOME, btw, he FINALLY seems to be settling into the new house and will actually play in the yard!) doing some more trimming on them.
And now I am trying to decide what to do with nearly 30 butterflies.
I have a few ideas (all of which will require the dreaded task of actually ironing them!):
*Wedge a piece of flexible wire in between wool felt on the back of them and use some of them as a mobile in Miss Thing's room
*Hang them from the ceiling in the new basement playroom (they would need felt and wire for that too)
*Use a big canvas and make a piece of art for the playroom by mounting them to the canvas
*Attach them to new fabric and make curtains
*Incorporate a few into a mini quilt for Miss Thing's wall
Choices. Choices. Choices.
*I threw the rest of the quilt away. And I felt SO bad doing it. Even though I knew I saved the good parts. My husband said, "What do you care? It was her wedding quilt and she sold it for a dollar. Clearly it didn't matter to her."
Good point Dear.
Labels: vintage quilts