I thought I'd show you a couple of quilts made by someone my grandmother's age. They're well-used and -loved and still get lots of exercise keeping people warm at night.
Both seem to be truly made from scraps. I don't know if most of the colours faded or if fabric back in the 50s, 60s and 70s were just more muted than nowadays bold prints.
The first quilt is a simple 4-patch with 4 white patches in between the mixed prints.
The second one has tumbler pieces and is arranged symmetrically around the center length-wise fold for some reason.
You can see the symmetry in this picture.
Here are some of my favourite prints - they tend to be the bold ones :)
Here you can see the symmetry again: how the pieces are mirrored on each side of the center line.
The edge wasn't squared off, so on two sides of the quilt the binding follows the tumbler-shapes. You can also see that the quilt is in bad need of some fixing, but I guess the owner (who quilts as well) isn't interested. I guess it's a true utility quilt rather than an heirloom ;)
Then I discovered by accident that the low light in the room gave neat effects when I didn't use the flash.
So I played around a bit, panning :)
I'll spare you the other 24 pictures I took spinning and jumping with the camera in hand :)
I hope some day my quilts will look as well-used as these two, and hopefully, someone will fix them to get another 50 years of use out of them :)
21 hours ago