A Quick Note:
Due to a huge increase in spam comments (like 50 a day) I had to make a bit of a change. I am not a fan of 'captcha', although I understand why it must be used.
Before I have to go the 'captcha' route I am going to try something else first. I will not accept comments from anyone who chooses to be 'anonymous '. Thus far, this has completely eliminated the raft of spam comments, but I hope that it will not deter any of you from leaving a note.
Comments about this are welcomed!
This post is really about some wonderful little vintage gems that recently came my way.....
|36 lovely six inch vintage quilt blocks|
I have a continuing love affinity for vintage fabrics and quilt blocks, although in recent years I have not purchased any new ones for my small collection. When I saw this little group of thirty-six six inch squares on Ebay about a month ago though, I simply had to make a bid.... and, as luck would it, they came to my house.
These blocks are all hand sewn, and I believe that the fabrics, which are in excellent shape, are from the late 30's and early 40's. What I had not anticipated was quite how yellowed with age they were - even though the colors were still vibrant the whites were really yellow, and the hand was almost 'crisp' with age. I washed them, and although I am sure they were cleaner they were no less yellow and they would have been unusable in that condition.
I decided to order some "Restoration" fabric soak from Engleside Products. I have known about this product for many years, but had never found the need to buy it. In my utter haste to try it I neglected to take any "before" photos. Duh! How foolish of me! This stuff is an absolute miracle, and I will be using it for the vintage pillowcases that I use daily as well as for any other vintage cottons that I use. It's astounding what it did for these blocks. They went from very yellow to pristine white in 8 hours with a hand that is now as soft as it once was.
The next three images are of the same block. I was, at first, a bit puzzled at the blue color that I saw in the white square - until I turned the block over and noticed that the maker had changed from white thread to a very dark blue thread! My! How thread manufacturing has improved over the years!
|Close up of the white and dark blue thread that caused the color run on the top|
This dark fabric, and it is only one block worth of it, is probably my favorite of the bunch although I also think that it is one of the more modern fabrics in the blocks. There was no color running, and it looks so crisp and lovely!
|Isn't this a cheerful print?! I have two of these little gems|
|This block is such a perfect example of the era. |
Cheerful, colorful, simple! It IS a bit whiter than image
|Vintage stripes anyone?!|
|This is another of my favorite blocks. |
Again, I think that it is one of the more modern fabrics in the lot, but it makes me happy.
|I wish I had more of this fabric. It's cheerful, colorful and redolent of the times!|
I have no immediate plans for using these thirty-six blocks. They have been washed, and trimmed and they will be safely stored until I have a bigger vision for them. I think that they might work well with some of my hoard of vintage Dresden Plates perhaps. Now, we'll see if I can continue to stay away from EBay! Now that I have discovered the wonders of Engleside Restoration soak I may well be tempted by some things that in the past I might have overlooked!
|Small, pretty stitches all in a row|
that have survived all of these years.