|Hawaiian scrap quilt, unknown maker, Honolulu, c. 1975-2017, 46" x 61"|
When I first picked it up, it was an unfinished top, one of four or five tops needing simple finishes for display. In that regard, they would become time-span pieces, but they would also be much easier to exhibit.
I asked my friend Gail Weiss if she would have time for the job. Lucky for me, she said yes. First, we sat down together and looked at several examples of Hawaiian scrap quilts in my collection. Most of the edge finishes were done by machine, and they varied from pillow-edge to applied binding to reverse facing.
Gail and I enjoyed looking at the various edge finishes together. Details matter, and I felt it was important to finish these tops the way they might have been finished by their original makers. It was specific, but nothing fancy.
Of course, there would be a few creative decisions, but we made sure to shake things up a bit. One top would get an applied edge finish but no back fabric. The foundation fabric was too interesting to cover up. Another top would be backed with vintage muslin and bound with some blue Hawaiian fabric I got in Kailua.
A third top, slightly larger, needed a binding. Luckily, I discovered a beautiful piece of vintage Hawaiian fabric online, and it arrived quickly.
I was happy with the finish on the first one when I picked it up yesterday, and I think Gail enjoyed trying something different. It got a pillow-edge or knife-edge finish because it didn't really need anything more.
|pillow-edge or knife-edge finish with top stitching|