Monday, June 12, 2017

Vintage 1930's Textiles

I'm looking for any type of feedback/info/ideas as to what to do with some of the following pieces.  These came to my studio after being moved and stored for many years.  The owner is NOT a quilter and is looking for more information that I can offer her. 
First up, a DWR
with a very funky outside edge. 

Lots of puckering and tucks

Corner shows the funky edge.

D cup?  Biggest question, should this be machine quilted or is it just not worth that effort? or will it be an epic fail if I try to machine quilt with this piecing?

BOW TIES with signatures.  All make by workers at the Klink Packing House in Ivanhoe, CA
 circa 1950's
Some great prints.

There are 50 blocks approx 10" x 10" and I plan to trim, piece and turn these into a quilt.  Any info or knowledge of anyone who worked at this place in the 50's.  It's still operating, so this might turn into an interesting project.

Next up for this post, string stars foundation pieced on paper

a great variety of prints, but to put these into a top, the time invested would be great.

Looks like magazines rather that newspapers,

and I can find two dates, 1936 and 1940

blocks measure approx. 24" from point to point and I have 17 of them. 

Last up, a crazy patchwork that has been foundation pieced, but not in the traditional sense.

All the blocks have been topstitched, so the quilter turned under the edge of each piece, layered it on the block and topstitched it down.
Some fun prints, and a very different fabric was used in 4-5 colors.  There is blue in above photo, and burg in the top left corner of photo below.

This is a much heavier fabric and all colors have this gold colored thread woven through it.
Foundation backing, all in very good condition.
Here the sheen really shows up, a tie fabric?  Can't imagine it being a suit fabric.
Any thoughts or suggestions?  I will post more photos this week. 

Thanks, in advance, for any assistance or ideas. 


Janet O. said...

You need input from quilters that know a lot more than I do about working with vintage textiles, but I am fascinated by what you have shared here.

Lori said...

I'd say doing anything with them is better than doing nothing with them. There isn't a lot of monetary value but more historical value. Are you giving them back to the non-quilting owner?

Unknown said...

A wool batting would help with the fullness in the DWR quilt. Dense fills and feathers can also suck up lots of fullness. I would ditch the rings first.

Unknown said...

It's quite pretty, I love the colors in it. Definitely worth quilting this one.

gladewhite said...

What historical and lovely fabrics you have found in these three sets. Since quilts are dated to the most recent fabric, unbleached muslim can sometimes be added without ruining the historical value; check with a quilt conservator if you can. DWR will be a lot of work but can either be trimmed to the rings on the outside or perhaps muslim border added to square it. The suggestion of thick batting is excellent. Bow tie blocks are a real find! You might contact the company office and engage Human Resources or simply start with the person answering the phone about possible interest. String quilt is a real beauty - worth the effort if you retain the historic value! All three will be gorgeous when you're done.

Roxanne said...

Very interesting work you've shown us. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

Nifty Quilts said...

These are all beautiful, especially the old fabrics. Wish I could help. I've got a similar stack of string blocks, and have been thinking about what to so with them too.

Karen said...

As long as the non-quilter realizes that the Double Wedding Ring will not be perfect in the end, I say go for it. Better something done with it than nothing.