Tuesday, March 8, 2016

little cutie

This little cutie is about 13 inches square. I found it at the Portland Antiques Expo Sunday. You don't see doll quilts every day, and sometimes they are not exactly what they appear to be. Most of the time, you can tell if it's right; the scale, the materials and finishing.

I washed the quilt as soon as I got home, and it was probably the first time I'd wet-washed a quilt without having to fold or bunch it up. A lot of the yellowing came out. It's still not perfect, but brightened up a lot, and there didn't appear to be any color loss beyond what was already evident.

The patchwork is small scale, what you would expect to see in a doll quilt. It looks like it was all done by one hand at one time, with matching binding and backing fabrics. The prints well aligned directionally, and the details suggest all original work rather than showing any repair or repurposing. Circa date is 1910. At the Expo, I also found a 1970s polyester crib quilt and will share that one as soon as I get photos. I got to this one first because it's something you don't see every day.