Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Trapezoid Quilt...

I thought I would do a post on this quilt as Vanessa from V and Co. commented about this quilt while reading my post on Breakfast in Bed. One of my best friends, Margaret and I were driving from Montreal, Quebec to Burlington, Vermont six years ago to attend our friend Kristin's wedding. We were enjoying the Lake Champlain scenery and stumbled upon an antique store where I found this quilt top. It captured my heart because of the wide variety of colors (all scraps), the age of the fabrics, the shape of the pieces, it was handsewn and it is old.

The work that went into this quilt is unbelieveable. Each piece is a rough version of a trapezoid. First of all...the time it took to cut each piece (especially a trapezoid piece) as they were cut with scissors not with a rotary cutter on a cutting mat. Second, each small piece was hand sewn together (maybe one of these days I will count the number of pieces that make up this quilt top). Third, the overall quilt is in the shape of a trapezoid...I don't have a clue how the quilter made that happen...but she did. I paid $80 for this quilt top and planned to sell it on ebay. But I couldn't sell it...instead I bought fabric for the back and the border and sent it off to my long-arm quilter Lynn. Of my 27 quits this is in the top 4 of my favorites. It is currently on my bed.

The picture below shows you that the shape of the overall quilt is a trapezoid. I know you may be thinking that it looks like a trapezoid because of the photo...not so. My long-arm quilter Lynn will validate that it is a trapezoid...something she had to adjust for when it was on the big quilting machine.

Stop by Vand Co. and read about Vanessa's exciting MODA news and check out what she can create from a sheet.

Thanks for stopping by...
Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

6 comments:

V and Co. said...

thank you kindly! but i have to say you are probably really lucky we don't live near eachother and aren't "face to face" friends cause you'd hate me after a while and here's why: i would try to steal that beautiful quilt EVERY SINGLE TIME I CAME OVER. i'm just saying there's a good thing there's a blog between us. :) seriously your house is beautiful and the quilts are marvelous! oh and i am just kidding about stealing it, i would just borrow it for a while.

Terri and Bob said...

WOW. I cannot imagine putting that together. However, my 9 patch sort of ended up looking like this!

Whispering Pine Cottage said...

I love quilts and this is one of my favorite styles. Angie

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Don't you just love finds like that....some of my eBay stuff never makes it on there, either! It looks great on your bed with that headboard! Have a great day!

Tricia Anne said...

Oh wow, can you just imagine the time it took and the stories this quilt could tell. You have quite a treasure there!
I have really enjoyed seeing the quilts that you own. Each one is unique and beautiful. There is a comfort that quilts bring to your home and I am slowly trying to learn and add to my own. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

That quilt is gorgeous! I love it, love it, love it!