|71" x 81" before washing or modifying|
I've pulled this one out of its tissue paper and cardboard box and will be giving it a new life. I washed and dried it this morning, and it appears to be in fine shape. There is some stretching of bias edges here and there, but each of the 56 blocks is very close to being a 9-1/4" square.
This is a probably a 50 to 60-year-old top. I'm not a fabric dating expert, but I have reference books, and I remember the sage statement -- "A quilt is no older than its newest fabric." Many of the print fabrics appear to be from the 1930s and 1940s. It's totally machine stitched and the colors are bright. I want to add a border to make it a bit larger and also to calm down those somewhat wavy edges.
According to Barbara Brackman's identification, the block appears to be either #1140c, "Pieced Star," or #2146 which has 5 star names.
|dark thread; poor tension -- needs some first aid|
|38 x 49" top ready for quilting|
While looking for forgotten projects, I also found a 30-year-old preprinted panel with a few squares gone. This also now has a new life. It didn't take long, and it's ready to be quilted. I cut apart the 6" printed squares, found coordinating blue, green, and peach fabrics in my stash, and my daughter helped me sew the rows together. This will be a quick and pretty lap quilt to take to guild next week. It will be added to our group of share quilts for nursing homes.