Friday, May 7, 2010

In My Other Creative Life

In My Other Creative Life

I am a quilter. I work part-time at a local quilt shop and I teach classes. Recently, a friend, Jo Willa, unearthed a crazy quilt with the date 1889 and the initials L.T. on it. She doesn't know who made it but perhaps it was a sister of her great-grandmother's, Lyda Turpin, who would hae been 13 in 1889 or maybe it was made for her. It is quite a treasure of hand embroidery, velvet and some silk. There were two rat holes which are pictured below which I covered with more velvet and hand embroidery. Though this is my miniatures blog, I had to share this while I have it in my possession. In the photos below, I did the bullion roses and the embroidery around that patch and made a little oval velvet patch and embroidered it to cover a smaller hole. I am not a quilt restorer but hopefully, this will suffice through the remainder of this beauty's life.



27 comments:

Jean Day said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I just love crazy quilts, this one is so special! Thanks for sharing.

Catherine said...

Jody,

What a wonderful addition you have made to the quilt. I am sure it feels good to have put such a beautiful piece back in shape.

Caseymini said...

The quilt is fantastic and what you did to help it feel better is beautiful too. Great work! Now about that Dremel...........

Kathi said...

I just wanted to wish you a Happy Mother's Day after I saw your comment over at Casey's. Have another Margarita for me!
PS Your stitching is beautiful!

Carol said...

What a treasure! You have added to its beauty and I'm sure your friend will value your special contributions. Thanks for sharing!

Deb said...

Jody, it's wonderful!

Daisy said...

I just love it! So much character and love went into that quilt. Thanks for sharing!

Glenda said...

Crazy quilts are so much fun!! And to see one this old and so beautiful is a treat indeed!

PolkadotToadstool said...

That quilt is magnificent. The person that made it was very creative. I'd love to know what she was thinking because it looks like there is a story to go with it.

Annie said...

What a gorgeous treasure! The quilt is fantastic and for your friend to think that it might be a part of her familiy history is fun. Wondering who made it. Was it a gift for a 13th birthday, was it made in secret on long winter evenings... what did she think about when she spend hours and hours quilting.

Norma said...

What a big responsibility, and what an honour, to be asked to work on such a special piece. The work you've done has not only repaired it but graced it with little special additions that I imagine it's maker would be pleased with. Thanks for showing us Jody :)

Merry Jingle said...

Wonderful that you got it figured out how to patch those rat holes. And it looks wonderful :)

Ira

by Sonya Rotella said...

Fantastic!I coudn't think every more good!I'm not good in sewing little or big!
Hugs
Sonya

Margaret said...

What a wonderful old quilt and you've done a lovely repair job Jody. It would be great to own such a piece.

Puppenstubennostalgie said...

Das ist eine wunderschöne Arbeit... und wurde super repariert.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch meine liebe Jody... Du hast bei meiner Verlosung gewonnen. Du hast eine der kleinen Lampen gewonnen.... welche Farbe darf es denn sein???

Und sende mir bitte Deine Adresse damit ich das Lämpchen schnell verschicken kann. Meine Email-Anschrift findest Du auf meiner Blogseite.

Liebe Grüße aus Germany schickt Dir

PuNo/ Monika

rosanna said...

Jody, the quilt is a treasure, a jewel!! I've never seen anything so beautiful Not even close to it. You have done a great job with it. You'd feel very proud because you prolonged its life of a good span and it really deserves it.Thank you for showing it to us. Rosanna

WendiesMiniWorld said...

thats a beautiful luxurious looking quilt Jody, and your repairs are just perfect! I used to do lots of quilting myself and thought it was my adiction/passion until I discovered miniatures!! I must say that I am a envious of your job, thats my idea of heaven to work somewhere like you do :o)

Sans said...

Jody, I am so happy you came over to my blog and told me about this post. I am following so many blogs now that I sometime missed posts. I nearly missed this wonderful one of yours. Oh, how I wish I can feel this quilt and see the whole piece. For something that is over a 100 years old, it sure looks new. Your friend has kept it in very good condition. I could not see the rat holes. You have done a wonderful, wonderful job, Jody and yes, you are now officially a quilt restorer/ repairer.

Please pop by ever so often if you don't see me here. I don't want to miss your posts :).

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments about the crazy quilt restoration project! Now to back and bind it. I plan to go to a huge fabric store in our region about an hour or so away from me, Mary Jo's and I have made a list including looking for velvet ribbon. Mary Jo's has so much fabric, trim and other delights, and includes cottons, upholstery fabrics, wools, silks, laces, etc., if you don't make a list, you tend to stand at the entrance, mouth agape confused and bewildered. Since I'll have to be back to pick up Joanna, my list will make me stick to the task (I hope). I intend to look for small scale floral and woven cottons for my upholstered pieces, silks and soft cottons for the Bellly Button Babies clothes and tiny trims. DH says to take my Dad along (which I am sure he thinks will also hasten my journey as my Dad is near 80 and I'll be concerned about him just having to hang around on a bench outside watching the 'pageant of life pass by in the mall! LOL)

Jody

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a treasure, and you did a great job repairing the holes.
Happy Mother's Day!
Your posts still won't update on my reader's list. :( So need to get caught up on your posts.

Chris V. said...

Wow beautiful! Really fantastic work.

Jody, if you want to do another trade for a bag let me know. And I make them in colored cloth too (scroll down and see the last saturday post on my blog - the doll has a summer tote - and matching purse!) I'm sure we can think of something I desperately need! haa! And thanx for the nice comment!
Chris

dale said...

It's gorgeous, Jody! I love crazy quilts. :)

Kim said...

It's beautiful Jody- I wish I could see it in person- I bet it is even more gorgeous in real life. I just love hand embroidery.

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Wow so so beautiful Jody. i love quilts, wish I could make them in miniature! Your parcel is on its way but I just realised I left out the gift card that was supposed to go in it! SO when you open it there are 2 little gifts for you for your witches house inb with your Alice book so hope they make you happy xxxKate xx

cockerina said...

thanks a lot to be gone from my blog! I hope that in future you can follow my blog, so you can see how I finish the construction of my chalet!
I hope your hubby is not too tired and occasionally finds time to devote to you and your new house of dolls ..
PS: Blogger me too sometimes creates problems!
many kisses, Caterina

Chris V. said...

I hadnt' known you were firing dolls too. Those babies are soooo cute! I'll be getting myself one yet at some point. I keep thinking of a nursery scene with lots of different babies in it! Have fun and enjoy them!

De said...

Hi Jody! You won my suitcase giveaway. :) Please email me your mailing address and I'll get it off to you. mdtritch@hotmail.com