When I was in Austin for QuiltCon, I heard that Danielle (@petitselefants) bought a beautiful antique quilt from a shop not too far away. Antique quilts are few and far between in New Zealand so I had to investigate the shop (Uncommon Objects) and see for myself. I ended up visiting twice - the first time I saw this quilt but didn't buy it, and I kept thinking about it all through QuiltCon. On our very last day in Austin I stopped in and picked it up. I couldn't resist!
It's a beautiful grandmother's fan design, made with what are probably genuine 1930's fabrics, scalloped edging and a couple of interesting solid fabrics.
It's a pretty big quilt - the photo above is my brother and my dad holding it "landscape" because it was too long for them to hold it "portrait". It's in amazingly good condition as well - there are a few places where the quilting has come undone but the fabrics are not particularly worn or stained. The guy who sold it to me didn't know its provenance (and it doesn't have a label on it), but he thought the fabrics were from the 1930's and the quilt was probably made in the 1940's or 1950's.
The quilt appears to be pretty much entirely hand pieced, and it's definitely hand quilted. That scalloped edging must have taken forever!
I could just stare at it for ages. You can tell its really vintage - there are a few places where two pieces of the same fabric have been joined together (for example, to make a dresden blade), where the quilter obviously didn't have a single piece of fabric that was big enough.
Since this quilt has survived so long relatively undamaged, I'm keen to keep it in good condition (probably best not to let the cats claw it then). My plan is to stitch a hanging sleeve to the back and then hang it in a space at the end of my hallway. It doesn't really get any sun so it should be a good place for a quilt.
Have you ever bought a vintage or antique quilt? What did you do with it?