A group of friends gathered New Years Eve for our annual Chinese buffet dinner.
One of the organizers asked if I would be willing to quilt a top for her.
I said, “Sure!!”
I met with Norma a couple of days ago and she showed me the quilt top (this is it on my worktable):
“It’s gorgeous!!” I exclaimed. “What’s its story??”
Norma told me her husband’s great-aunt made it while she was dying from cancer back in the 1920s. Norma never met the great-aunt so she didn’t have a chance to talk about the quilt top.
The quilt top is a Log Cabin pattern, made entirely of a fairly heavy, sturdy satin. It is entirely hand-stitched and embroidered. The embroidery is a herringbone stitch on all seam lines, even on seams where pieces of satin are joined to lengthen a strip, or where odd shapes have been inserted.
Here’s several shots of the back of the top:
Well, when I got the quilt top home, reality set in . . .
This quilt top is nearly one hundred years old (though you can’t tell by looking)!! ARRGH!!
This quilt top is not as flat as I’d like; there are ripples and waves across it!! YIKES!!
How would YOU handle this?? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for developments.