Sunday, July 09, 2006
I have so enjoyed reading Finn's blogs about her antique quilt blocks. I have two very large tubs of Civil War blocks and fabric, as well as a nice collection of '30s. While going through those this morning, I came across this set of basket blocks.
These were on eBay by an antique dealer two or three years ago. She posted a set of six blocks. I immediately emailed her and asked if she had more. She did. I haven't counted them, but there are roughly 50-60 blocks. I hated to see the collection sold off piecemeal, so I offered to buy all of the blocks, and she agreed to sell them to me -- for $300.
I don't know if that's a good price or not, but I really don't care. While a good many of these blocks are discolored, they are in remarkably good shape. The fabric is intact. All she knows about the blocks is they are circa 1860-1900 and were made by one quiltmaker. I have authenticated a lot of the fabrics, and her dating is correct. As we know, quiltmakers used fabric they owned pre-war as fabric was hard to come by during the war, especially in the South.
What is fastinating to me is how accurate our Civil War reproduction fabrics are. Judy Rothermel and others have done an amazing job reproducing this fabric, both in color as well as design. We are truly lucky to have access to that repro fabric.
I am torn as to whether I want to set these blocks. I also was able to find a large chunk of muslin from that era, but it is not discolored. It would be hard to set these blocks so they would be "pretty" color-wise, but it's tempting all the same. Of course, I would want to handpiece the blocks.
I chuckle when I think of all the amazing things I have collected, and all the things I want to accomplish quilty-wise before I get to The Home. There's not much space in those retirement communities, so perhaps I'd better get busy! I'm 54 and not getting any younger! LOL!