This quilt came to my wayward home for quilts courtesy of the Rose Bowl Flea Market yesterday (along with 3 others that will be introduced at some time in the future).
When I’m browsing at the flea market I always look for sellers with one or maybe two quilts, and lots of other unrelated stuff. That’s where the best deals are to be had. And I always mention the “condition problems” when I’m examining the quilt.
I saw three or four crazy quilts before this one, but none of them were very interesting, or they were priced way too high. A lot of them used only one or two embroidery stitches, and just weren’t very interesting.
This one, on the other hand, was full of interesting stuff, but it really does have some condition issues. It was only $20, which made the deal without any hesitation on my part.
The quilt measures a sizable 58 x 76 inches. It is mostly wool. It was only after I got it home that I found that it was dated. What a nice surprise! These photos were taken in the shade of our blooming apricot tree, so that accounts for the patches of sunlight.
The first date is May 14 ’97, I’m assuming that is when it was completed, since it is embroidered on a scrap of the binding that hangs off the quilt. Perhaps it was originally folded back and tacked to the back as the edges are darker than the center. It looks like it was originally signed, but most of that has unraveled and is lost. The other date is Oct 8, ’46, on a block on the front of the quilt, perhaps the birth date of the quilter?
I’m sure that some of the embroidery has special symbolism for the quilter that made this crazy quilt. These photos also show the variety of stitches used in the quilt.
The back is open, which has contributed to the loss of some of the embroidery. The binding is all open, so I’m not sure if there was a backing on this or if it only had a binding (of purple!).