Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crazy Quilt by M.E.

No, I didn't  make it, I'm not that old,,yet. 
Dated 1887!

 But, I did cut it up, after I had it on the wall for a while.
The silk was rotting in places pretty bad.
 I also had a living to make. So I made doll clothes, and other things to sell.
 Back then you could get really great old quilts very cheep.
I can't even begin to tell you how many cutter quilts I took apart.
Then sometimes the inside was really great and usually the backing. I saved all of it. 

I wonder about M.E. and what her life was like in 1887, and how many other fabulous needlework projects she left behind. I kept some of the prettiest parts of course.

This is a hanging pillow thingy I made from another quilt. I had to repair it a bit, but I tried not to change it. I have another piece of that black velvet area with beading someplace.

Sweet fan, star, and umbrella.

This is the backing fabric.

I made this pouch from quilt scraps about 15 yr. ago.
 It held my business cards at the trade shows.
It's ok to take cutter quilts apart, it's hard to make the first cut sometimes.
Old quilts are coming down in price I have noticed.
An antique dealer told me the young people don't care for them.
I have a hard time believing that.
What do you think?


Terri Kahrs said...

How could not NOT love an old quilt?!? Just the thought of how it was made by loving hands for someone, brings me to tears. I'm so happy you had the courage to use the old quilts to make something new. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Myrna said...

Those are MY initials!! ;-)
Love that quilt--'specially all the satin and embroidery~beautiful!
I also love quilts, and love to wonder what the creator of them was thinking about when she was making them..
I love what you create out of them..what are YOU thinking about when you're re-creating a quilt??

Thespa McLaughlin said...

I adore old quilts, I have a few that belonged to my great grandmother and my grandmother. I have always appreciated the workmanship that goes into them, even though or especially because I don't have the patience to make them myself. I completely lucked out this summer when I came across a yard sale that was selling some "cutter" quilts for $1 each! I bought 4 and two of those had an old quilt inside used as filler. One just had a tear in a corner and is very heavy and on my bed right now. It's a great winter blanket. There is NOTHING in this world more wonderful than an old worn loved up quilt. Soft and comforting. I adore those pieces of the crazy quilt you have. I've never found anything that was that pretty. As far as the "younger" kids not liking the old quilts, that's great! There are more for those of us that do, LOL. Thanks for sharing.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Marcie, that must have been quite a quilt. The pieces you have preserved and given new purpose are wonderful. Wow...1887. Wouldn't it be great to know the history of M.E.! I say let the dealers think they aren't worth much :-) It will be our little secret! Connie

MosaicMagpie said...

Marcie, I am new to your blog my friend Connie sent me over. Connie and I both have a love for Crazy Quilting and are trying to learn the embellishing process that goes into these beautiful quilts. I have to wonder about M.E. and how she had time to work on something like this. Imagine all the chores they had, leaving very little time for handwork. I have enjoyed visitng you and look forward to reading more of your blog.

lailani said...

How creative you are! What a great thing to do with quilts that have seen better days! Love that pouch!

Paula said...

Hello sweet Miss Marcie!
This crazy quilt is gorgeous!!! I think it is wonderful you cut it up since it was in bad shape, and used it to make beautiful things to to sell. You are so creative! I love how she stitched her initial into the quilt. I can imagine all the hours she lovingly stitched this. What a treasure to have something so old! I have two old quilts, not as old as this one, and treasure them.

I love the hanging pillow you made and all the pretty pieces you saved! The backing fabric is amazing! I love the pouch you made too. It is gorgeous and the pocket is wonderful to put your business cards in, and now, pretty vintage postcards!

I can't imagine young people not caring for old quilts!

It was so nice to visit with you sweet friend… here and on Flickr! Love you so much! Paula


I love the old quilts. Lucky for those of us that can afford them now cause the price is lower. I have a real fondness for the old and tatter look. I want to be able to keep them in my care. They are simply works of art and I hold them dear to my heart. HUGS MARY

The Feathered Nest said...

What beautiful projects Marcie....I love, LOVE that you repurposed something that was tattered and torn!!! To take the good pieces and turn them into a new creation is giving the old quilt a new life ~ a beautiful, new life, hugs and love, Dawn

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

What a lovely crazy quilt, Marcie! It think it's great that you take old quilts with rotten spots apart and give them new lifes. The ladies who had put so many thoughts and hours in making them would certainly appreciate that.
When I look at the new, soulless styles of architecture, furniture etc., I can imagine that young people don't have much interest in old quilts. It's such a shame.
Have a wonderful weekend!

sandra said...

There's nothing like an old, worn beautiful, all those tiny stitches that some lovingly made! It's hard to imagine all the time that went into these beauties. Your crazy quilt is gorgeous, and what better way to preserve it, than to make gorgeous new treasures from the good parts! I adore that sweet pouch you made for your business cards. I would loved to have visited your booth at you had some wonderful pretties!


Tina Eudora said...

Those quilts are just so spectacular! The hours of work they put into their handwork at a time when there were no Michael's or Hobby Lobby stores to rush out to for supplies!
I love the pouch you, it is gorgeous!
Have a great weekend!
Tina xo

Coleen said...

what do I think??? hmmmm...I think you were way ahead of your time...that business card holder is divine!!

Heart Hugs,

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I love the olde quilt.
The business card holder is a fantastic idea.
I love to visit your blog and do often.
Thanks for sharing.

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Doesn't it feel good to know you are giving new life to that old beautiful quilt. So many new projects can become new creations. I love the old crazy quilts and the new ones. There is just something special about them and all the love that is put in them. You can see and feel all that love when you touch them. Hope you have loads of fun with each project.
Hugs, Pat

Anonymous said...

Marcie, it's a wonderful treasure and if you hadn't cut it up to preserve parts of it in new creations, it just would have deteriorated more. I think this is a beautiful way to preserve such artistry with new artistry combined.
Hugs, Diane

Her Art Nest said...

Oh my...what an amazing treasure. I always think I want to make a crazy quilt, until I make a small piece first. I too have purchased quilts at tag sales, and can't make that first cut. Maybe some day....beautiful post. Hugs, Nan

Rustique Gal said...

Oh, these are lovely. I would have trouble cutting them too, but what better way to keep using them? When something doesn't suit it's purpose anymore, it's time to rethink it's purpose!
I love that pouch, by the way!

rochambeau said...

Beautiful new life for ME's crazy quilt!

Dutchbaby sent me~

Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Hi Marcie,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! So nice of you.
What a beautiful quilt this is. I much prefer these types of quilts to the other more symetrically patterned ones. (is that a word?? ha-ha!) I just wonder how long it took to make and even to sew the sweet initials. I bet Mary Engelbreit would love to get her hands on this one! ;).
Have a blessed week!

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suziqu's thread works said...

What a magnificent work of art is this crazy quilt. Being a CQer
of a number of years I really can appreciate the effort exuded to make such a beauty. These are a rare find today these older crazy quilts! And what better way to keep it alive! Divine!

Jan said...

A beautiful vintage blog :)