Crazy Curtain Quilt Finished

Grandma’s curtains have new life as a quilt.

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It is quilted with an all over panto called Pipeline.  It seemed to suit and I am pleased with the results.

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The backing is something I had on hand from a great sale a few years back.

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Green binding AGAIN! After several auditions, this seemed the best match for the slightly faded period fabrics.
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I am so happy to have been able to give these curtains purpose again.

Crazy Quilt Top

What to do with those curtains?
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Following the advice of Susan and others, I settled on Option #1: Just square them up and stitch them together.

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First, I picked out the hem and all edges, removing the hanging sleeve, which was not part of the pieced unit.

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Then, while ironing, I scanned for loose seams and holes.  I marked them with a pin as I found them.

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There were a few, but not too many, all things considered.  There is some fading, but not as much as you might expect, considering that they hung in windows for years.

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After considering options, I decided to mend them in the manner my grandmother probably would have, using a sort of darning type look.  We’ll all pretend it is decorative stitching, which belongs on a crazy quilt, right?! (Pretend, too, that the picture isn’t fuzzy.)

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Squaring up was where it got scary–I have to cut this?

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But, when there is no other way, one must do what needs to be done.  And it was worth it.  The seaming isn’t as obvious as I thought it would be.

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And the whole thing looks pretty good.

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My original estimate of “pieced in the 1960s or 1970s is probably wrong.  Looking at the fabric, I don’t see fabric that modern.  There is no polyester knit, which my grandmother was not shy about using in a quilt. It probably was more like the 1950s. My father doesn’t remember.

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This fabric has already been in service for a long time, but I do think it will be a good quilt.  Finished top is 83″ x 86″.  I hope to quilt it sometime in the next few weeks.

 

Vintage Crazy Quilt Curtains

My grandmother (Mary Emma–father’s mother) made these curtains sometime in the 60s or 70s.  I can still vaguely remember them hanging in a bedroom window at her house.

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They are in quite good condition.

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She foundation pieced before it was popular.

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Each curtain is about 40″ square.  I could make 4 baby quilts, but they will not probably get used that way.

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My thought is to combine them somehow into a larger quilt.

  1. Just square them up and stitch them together.
  2. Cut into smaller blocks and sort of mix and match.
  3. Put narrow sashing between the smaller blocks (1″ so there are no seam allowances).
  4. Put them away and think about it for another 5-10 years.

I really don’t like option #4.  Suggestions?