Monday, June 23, 2014

Baby whole cloth quilt

It has been a busy week, cleaning out and clearing out my childhood home.  Wednesday my son and daughter-in-law will take up residence for a while.  It's temporary, but they need to make it their own home, so at least the main floor of the house needs to be cleaned out as if the house were being sold.  It's been a huge job, but I think we're almost there.  One book case to go!  Carpets were cleaned today and they look so much better!

Such adorable little kittens!
Among the treasures was the first quilt that I remember.  I had completely forgotten this darling little baby quilt.  Maybe because it's whole cloth, and not pieced, that I barely thought of it as a quilt.  But it has a front, a back and some type of batting between.  So, it's a quilt!

It's a whole cloth quilt, and probably made by my mother about 1956.  It measures 33 inches by 58 inches.

The quilt was sewn pillowcase style, with three edges sewn right sides together and then the whole thing turned right side out.  The bottom seam is turned in and top-stitched by machine.  One side is pink with darling little grey and white kittens.  Isn't this the sweetest fabric?

The machine quilting meanders around each of the kitten motifs, so it was quilted with this side up.  Blue thread on the bottom and pink on the top.

The other side is light blue with little baby ducks and daisies.  Too cute!

Close-up of the little ducks on the back.

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