Even though my very first quilt ever was red, white, and blue, I have never been very fond of this color combination, especially after I discovered the power of yellow.
Perhaps the extra depth, created by the addition of yellow (in the form of brown), is part of what drew me to this vintage quilt top in Houston in 1994.
Just because I also love quilts that showcase a wide variety of prints and plaids, I include here two details here, so you can get a closer look at these gems, many of which are now being reproduced as “Civil War” fabrics. Click on photos to get even closer.
This is truly a scrap quilt, and the below detail shows how some of the pieces in the octagons are also pieced together with even smaller scraps.
Collectors of vintage quilt tops will note that I have destroyed the value of the quilt top as an antique by having it hand quilted by Quilting Plus in the ’90’s. Oh, well . . .
Because the top was so old and delicate, it was quilted sparingly, through the dotted square patches and around the edges of the pieced hexagons.
At least I remembered to take a photograph of the back of the top. This photo shows how these hexagons were hand pieced onto scrap fabrics and homespun before being sewn into the finished quilt top.
Yes, just one more. Since it no longer exists, this quilt can be viewed only in a few candid photos of my first quilt, shown here in the process of being completed. A select few of you will know exactly where this photo was taken.