|Hexagon Diamond Tumbling Stars, c. 1970, Texas|
When I first saw the pictures of this quilt, I wasn't sure if I would be interested, but when Deborah said it was all double-knit, I wanted it- badly. One of the observations I've had about quilts of this period, 1970s roughly speaking, is they used traditional patterns a lot. But they were also using new materials, new color combinations, and they fearlessly combined prints and solids.
Interestingly, this quilt is machine quilted, and it really looks like the work of a very early long-arm machine. The quilt is huge, I can't imagine that it could've been done on a home sewing machine. There is variation in the quilting design- it looks almost like it was done with a template, but nowhere near as accurate as what we might see today. All part of its charm, I think.
So, that's all for the three quilts from Texas. Hope you enjoyed the show, and I hope my friends who are - ahem - afraid of double-knit will see the beauty in it. ;) That means you, Sandra!!