Thursday, March 22, 2007

Antique Crazy Quilt

Susan had asked to see a picture of this Crazy Quilt. I don't know who did it. I am guessing from the fabrics and the deterioration that is was done somewhere in the late 1800's. AS you can see from the second picture how the fabrics are just shredding. In the first picture, if you look on the lefthand edge towards the bottom ,you can see a patch that is almost completely gone.
The story: I saw this quilt when my MIL's adopted mother past. That was somewhere in the 60's.
Oh boy! Did it get my heart going. they took it to Montana with them and I never saw it until my MIL past. As things got cleared out I asked my FIL if I could have it. I didn't hear anything for some time and then this battered cardboard box arrived at my door. The quilt was inside, wrapped in NEWSPAPER. I almost died. But anyway it is now in my procession and I need to do something to keep it from getting worse. If anyone can give me some direction for this, I would be grateful.


Susan said...

Oh, that's wonderful, and what a story! It took me a couple of days to get to look at blogs. Sorry! I love looking at it up close. The embroidered motifs are wonderful, and there is such variety in the stitching, some I've not seen done in exactly that way before. I can see why you wanted it! It looks like all different kinds of fabrics, and such tiny scraps some places!

I don't know a lot about restoration, but I know there is some sheer fabric that many times is put over a quilt top, to keep it from deteriorating further. I don't have a clue how that works, though.

Marli said...

Keep up the good work.