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Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Kitties - Vintage Quilt

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 Hello! What a gorgeous, perfect October Monday it is! I hope it is nice where you are too? Tomorrow is one year since Hurricane Sandy tried to sweep us away. We've been having power failures all weekend, as if the power company wants us to recall just how cold and dark things can be.

Anyway! This quilt: I keep seeing it on Pinterest, probably a photo saved from when I had it listed for sale on eBay quite a few years ago.* I wanted to post more pictures of this amazing and adorable treasure. Maybe I'll even figure out how to get the pix up on Pinterest, wish me luck!
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 Brightened photo....quilting shows less...
 
 
 

Details: purchased in NYC, many years ago, from a very well known dealer/ historian. Yes, it was very expensive! Her tag is marked "1940's. Tennessee". It is all hand appliqued with tiny whip-stitches. The little faces are embroidered. It has stunningly beautiful hand quilting, with even tiny stitches. The original pencil marks, for the quilting, still remain; it has never been washed or used. Oddly I was sure it is signed, with a handstamped name, but I cannot find the name now. (Too bad...!)Very tiny, narrow black binding.



I always think of the kitties as black, orange, and pink, but there are quite a few colors here: burgundy, lavender, two shades of tan, two blues, as well. [light spots are glare from lighting.]

 
again, photo is lightened....
 
 


I love how the faces are all the same, but each kitty has its own expression!



 
 

 
 


(I am not sure the date of this quilt is correct. It does not look like a war years quilt to me. Perhaps 1930s? Certainly safe to estimate 1920-1950? I'd love to have another expert opinion.)

 
 
Quilting. almost like spiderwebs?
 
 

 
 

 
 


*Ebay: Well eBay can be discouraging. I was thrilled to sell this quilt to  a woman who seemed as enchanted as I am with the quilt. However when she received it, she was very upset that it has "stains"! It took me awhile to find the marks, though I do admit they are there. What does one do? Wash the quilt to remove a few tiny pale dots? And remove all the old markings and pristine unused-ness? I took it back, gave her a refund...and never listed it again. [spots, below]




Happy Halloween

love

lizzy

gone to the beach






4 comments:

  1. Lizzie, what a great quilt. The embroidered faces are the sweetest!! The qulting is fantasitc and more than usual for a 30's style quilt.
    It sounds like the lady was being overly picky, but what are you going to do?

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  2. The woman bought a quilt well over 50 years old and expects it to be in perfect condition? Not very realistic... If *I* made the quilt those spots would be bloodstains from where I was daydreaming and stabbed myself with the needle! Very pretty quilt, thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love the quilt too Lizzy. It is adorable. It's amazing how you can do the same stiching and have different expressions on the cats isn't it? Same when you make dolls that way. They never look the same but each takes on it's own personality. Love it. Leave the stains and just list them in the description. Perhaps someone would know better what to do and buy it as is and be thrilled.

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  4. The pink kitty's face looks like the Grumpy Cat!

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