Thursday, May 6, 2010
Meta's unfinished work
My friend Carol is moving and she gave me a box of scraps from her attic. Inside was this partially completed piece.
It's not large, 36" x about 30". But what a wonderful fragment. You can see how the maker worked. She pieced scraps together, then attached them to the muslin foundation.
Sometimes a piece is appliqued onto the top to cover edges. The fabrics are quite a hodgepodge - everyday fabrics mostly: ginghams, stripes and plaids, clarets. Carol knew who made it: her grandmother Meta Themer who lived in Kingfisher, Oklahoma with her husband Will. Meta was born ~1898 and died in the early 1980s.
Carol is delighted to have it out of her attic and I'm delighted to have it to show you.
Posted by Deb Rowden at 9:41 AM
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
I am aching in jealousy...I adore tops like this more than anything... b e a u t i f u lReplyDelete
I love the colours, the crazy style and the history that goes with it- delightful!ReplyDelete
I'm studying this one carefully. I've got a pile of odd-shaped scraps, and trying to decide whether to piece them with or without a foundation. Any advice? Looks like Meta did both.ReplyDelete
Oh! What a fun gift! It looks like those scraps of Meta's are quite old...not something she worked on later in life. I bet you will have fun with this piece (she says enviously!!)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing with us, I love seeing that not old quilters from previous generations did their quilting "by the book." It frees me to know, hey, I can be that way too!!
You are right: Meta did both. I note little sections of scraps pieced together before they were stitched to the foundation.ReplyDelete
Remember: they didn't HAVE quilting books. they made their own rules, how freeing is THAT!