Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Hearts and Gizzards

I've been meaning to write a post about the small quilt I bought on our US trip earlier this year. There was a price tag on the quilt, but I suspect the quilt isn't very old, (perhaps a vintage quilt)  but I like it and that is the main thing.  I didn't have to pay full price either as there was a 50% off sale happening, I just wished I had a larger suitcase as I would have bought the large star quilt as well.

It isn't a very large quilt, there is no label on it, the binding is a cheater fabric, the backing fabric is brown with a red flower and tan leaf pattern.  The quilt itself is hand stitched, even the binding is stitched on by hand, the batting is very thin.

The block is pieced, (I initially thought it was applique) and made up of 4 blocks joined together, there are three pieces in each block,  alternating the colours has created a striking effect.

I found the block in Barbara Brackman's BlockBase - 1503a,   Barbara also wrote a blog post about the pattern here, searching the archives at the International Quilt Museum turned up a version shown here.

You can  see the quilting stitches from the front (photo above) and the back (photo below) the quilter used a doubled thread for some of the quilting.  Some of the binding shows signs of wear and there are a couple of small holes in the quilt but overall it is in reasonable condition.



  1. How interesting that the maker used double thread in places, what a shame we'll never know!

  2. A sweet quilt. Don’t you just wonder who made it, when, where and what was happening??

  3. I can't tell from the photos but it looks like a larger 4 patch and then appliqued batman shapes (sorry, I couldn't think of a better descriptor) for the negative space to make the hearts. OOOh I just love old quilts! Thanks for sharing.

    1. It does look as if it is appliqu├ęd Heather, but it is pieced, batman shape is a very good descriptor.


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