Vintage Inspiration Quilts

I love to search for pictures of vintage quilts and then figure out how to make my own version. It all started when I made a Butterfly quilt (foreground) like one I inherited that my grandmother made from old clothes (background).  

I'm currently (1/16/2019) working on several more quilts inspired by vintage ones. What follows are ones I have finished.  I've included the vintage photo and then my quilt. 
Vintage Butterflies

Checkered Past

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton. From the Darwin D Bearley Collection
Zig Zag Nine Patch
Salmagundi Road

Vintage Thingamajigs

Triangle Tiles


QT224 A Whimsical Original Rendition of an Irish Chain Quilt Top.

from: Rocky Mountain Quilts

QT224 A Whimsical Original Rendition of an Irish Chain Quilt Top.
78 x 80 inches
This is a whimsical original rendition of an Irish Chain, which to follow the pattern needs to be viewed from a distance. How amazing would this be in a great room over a fireplace? this quilt was obviously pieced by someone who loved calicoes. No solid colors here. The fabrics date from 1860 to 1890, giving us the creation date of this piece. This is a quilt top for a fabric junkie. There are many patterns pieced on this top. Variation of diamond in a square, old maids puzzle, bow tie, broken dishes, four patch, all combined together creating the most unusual Irish Chain I have ever seen. All pieced by hand, and ready to quilt.

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