Two new additions to my postage stamp quilt collection arrived recently.
One piece is an incomplete Irish Chain quilt top. The maker had nearly completed the top when something caused her work to be discontinued. Fortunately all the pieces were kept together, including an incomplete row, many extra squares, the little cardboard template and a large piece of muslin.
I will complete the row, tidy up some of the piecing and appliqué work and finish the top.
I have enough of the plain fabric for the borders and possibly enough cut squares to add another narrow pieced border. The patterned fabrics include florals, plaids, stripes and novelty prints.
The maker of this assortment of tiny pieces hadn’t progressed beyond stitching some of her one inch squares into rows.
The bundles of pieced sections were rolled into sets and a number was written on the last square to record how many squares are in the row.
It appears the maker was planning a particular design but the pattern is not clear to me. The basic square can be arranged in many ways. This could be a simple grid of continuous squares or a more complicated pattern such as Steps to the Altar or Trip Around the World.
Two strips of cardboard were sent with the piecework and there is a name written on it, but unfortunately it is too faded to read.
The squares measure 1 inch finished size and were hand stitched by an experienced seamstress. The fabrics are dress weight cottons and include novelty prints, floral designs, checks, stripes and geometrics.
My two Postage Stamp projects demonstrate how the quilters of the Depression era were able to create beautiful quilts out of so little. It is my intention to complete the work they started – Piece by Piece.
Happy Quilting from Janette, The Plain Needlewoman
Sally Lopez said:
Thank you for such an interesting article,you know I’m planning a triple Irish chain using a plain red through the middle.
Your treasure chest of Antique and vintage quilts are a constant source of inspiration.
Thank you Sally, The red is lovely, Irish chain designs are always nice. Janette
Lovely variety of fabrics. Be sure to do a show and tell when your done. 😊
Thank you Deb, I am trying to finish hand quilting a large quilt before the hot weather arrives. So this project might be a nice one to work on over Summer. Hope you are enjoying your Autumn. Janette
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