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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shabby Top + hand quilting = Great Quilt

By Tim Latimer
It has been a while since I posted anything here. I was looking through my picture files today and I came across some pictures of a quilt I finished a few years back. I had a rather shabby antique quilt top (1890). It had been washed a few times and it was rather faded, but I thought it would be worth quilting. So here it is.

The pink and tan fabrics were at one time red (hand dyed) so I imagine when it was new it looked a bit different. I did rather simple hand quilting, just outlining by the piece and then echoing in the triangles.

I used 108" wide brown fabric for the backing (no seams!) and turned the backing fabric to the front to bind it.

I used "Warm and Natural" batting and machine washed and dried the finished quilt. The washing and drying give it that crinkled look.
The end result is a "new antique"
I wasn't sure it would be worth the time to hand quilt the old top but I love the result.

Hand Quilting makes everything look better!
Happy Quilting


  1. what a beautiful quilt! very intriguing lay-out.

    1. Thanks! the layout is what attracted me to the old top...wish I had better pictures

  2. wow I love that quilt and it is in such good shape for the age! It quilted beautifully.

    1. Im always a bit scared to put a lot of time into an antique top because you dont know how it will wash up until all the work is done! this one held up beautifully....I was lucky

  3. Eine tolle Quiltarbeit.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

  4. It looks fabulous. Your quilting makes it look authentic. Thanks for charing.


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