Monday, January 28, 2013

Delightfully Wonky

I recently bought this vintage top. Even though I have a zillion WIP's and tops waiting to be quilted I couldn't resist those happy polka dots, little daisy fabrics and the way it is so delightfully wonky.

I think it's been washed, but the colours are still so strong. I'm thinking it might be 30's or 40's but I'm really not sure. Here's a close up of the sweet fabrics.


It's completely hand sewn.  


It could do with a bit of attention from an iron though I don't think it's destined to ever be a flat quilt. It's crinkles and crumples add so much to it's charm.



I'm not quite sure what I'll do with it yet. It would be fun to quilt with perle cotton. or tied with red wool. Someone suggested I put the backing on using a pillowcase method without wadding/batting and use it as a cotton throw. I'm pretty slow at these decisions so in the meantime I'm enjoying seeing it draped over my banister...


and I'll marvel at it's surprise combinations and it's easy going piecing.


Do you ever get obsessed by a quilt that knocks you off your chair and you just know you'll have to make it one day? I do and this is my latest obsession - nine patch blocks placed slightly off center so they swirl out in a big circle. Oh my golly I LOVE this quilt!! 

It's a poster for an exhibition at The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Texas. How cool is that!  I'd be there in a flash if I wasn't on the other side of the world so I'll just have to thank Bill of Wonkyworld for sharing some photos of the quilts. 

Okay back to my millions of WIPs, I'll show progress photos in my next post...


33 comments:

Karen said...

These are lovely colours in this gorgeous quilt top. I am sure it will look lovely no matter what you choose to do.
The quilt on the poster is fascinating. And it only uses 9-patches!!

Patchwork and Play said...

What an incredible find Rachael! The naivety of it makes it an absolute winner! I like the idea of a simple pillowcase backing and maybe tying it too.

Marg said...

Wow that's a great find, I love the colours and the wonkiness.
The nine patch quilt is amazing. Isn't it incredible what you can do with a simple block.

Chris said...

Don't you just want to go to that Cowgirl Museum! Wonder what's in it.

Quiltbenaco said...

Veramente bella quella trapunta....
aspetto news sull'andamento del lavoro....
Ciao

Stacey said...

Very gorgeous....luv those colours...I want to make one now!

Kathie said...

very cute quilt you bought, so you!
don't you love that nine patch quilt I have been thinking about it since I saw that poster too!
I just may need to make that one , you know I love nine patches!
Kathie

Heather said...

How delightful that the wonky quilt found a perfect home.

Mary said...

Wow! What a great find, Rachael! I love the colors and fabrics....reminds me of a picnic!

Kelly said...

It's a pretty quilt, but all those handsewn seams would bring me out in hives! ;-)

Sujata Shah said...

Rachael,
I LOVE the quilt you bought. The wonkyness brings life of it's own to this quilt. Makes it so unique in it's own way! Colors are my favorite too. I bet you could just sit there and look at all those prints for hours!
Perle cotton quilting sounds perfect. Can't wait to see it all finished.

Jeneta said...

Wow! Your vintage quilt top is amazing!! Where did you find it? I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I love your Super Star and Scrappy Trip quilts. Your photos are also fabulous - I must try a bit harder to get better photos for my blog, particularly of finished projects!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

What a wonderful vintage top! I love the blues and reds with the little touches of yellow. The prints are also very cool, I see why you couldn't pass this one up!

Katy Cameron said...

Love the colours, and the design is definitely quirky!

Sasha said...

Such an adorable find!!! A vintage hand-sewn quilt?!? Oh my goodness!!! I think I would have fainted lol =P
That nine patch quilt is amazing!!! I just know you'll be sewing one up soon. I bet you have already started picking out fabrics =P

Tonya Ricucci said...

love it, really love it. fun happy wonderful quilt top. oh, yes, i wish I could go to that Maverick Quilts exhibition too. I'm closer, but it's still too far...

Melissa P said...

Old quilts never cease to amaze me. This one is incredible--all the happy color and the slightly off looks of some of those fabrics choices. It all works well together even after so much time!

smazoochie said...

It's wonderful! However you finish it, enjoy it & enjoy imagining its history -- I know you will!
Thanks for the heads-up about the exhibit at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. It's "just" up the road from me! :-)

O'Quilts said...

I love love love it...A great find!

Nifty Quilts said...

Oh, that's such a delightful top! Congratulations on a great find. I'll look forward to seeing what you do with it. Just looking at it and petting it would be enough for me. The nine patch quilt is wonderful too! Thanks for the great lift this morning.

Mego said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that wonky nine patch! I have HUNDREDS of little 9 patches...I might have to TRY this! Thanx!

elsy said...

that is truly magnificent. what a find

Karen said...

Wonky cabins filled with love. So much love to have hand stitched all of it. It deserves to be finished and loved in return.
Strange that I dont see wonky in the flyer. I see a deliberate pattern going round and round in circles. Whats more, I see it in bright vibrant colours that would really make it sing.
So when are you making this one?

audrey said...

Your wonky log cabin top is wonderful! I adore how casual the piecing is and the faded look to the fabrics. I too saw the 9-patch poster and drooled over it! Great idea!

be*mused jan said...

What a fun find! The colors and prints are so happy. I think perle cotton would be a wonderful complement!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Rachael what a fun find...so very you, I just love it...what a great idea to put a back on it and use it straight away...you never know you could quilt it another time!

Lurline said...

So divine! Please use Thermore or similar for wadding, then a cute backing, then cuddle it to death,lol! This little darling is crying out to be used and loved!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Terry said...

The daisy quilt is so you. Not just the fabric or the wonkienes but the cheerful spirit of the original quilter meets our Rachael.

Hey found some daisy fabric in my stash interested?

Vickie said...

That was a great find. I love those old fabrics. I may have to go check out the Cowgirls Hall of Fame for you !

farmersdotter said...

I just love any quilts that have dots and are vintage...great find! Take a look at my blog, I haven't posted anything lately, but maybe I'll get in gear and do a new post! I'd love to have u as a follower!

Karen said...

That is a great find! The colours and fabrics are awesome. One day inspiration will strike and you will exactrly what you want to do with it.
Those 9 patches look unreal! Even I would have a go at that.

Deb R said...

What a fabulous find!!! Id quilt it with perle cotton, too precious not to quilt it!

Deb R said...

What a fabulous find!!! Id quilt it with perle cotton, too precious not to quilt it!

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