Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A mystery and a winner!

Good news! As I closed out the giveaway I saw we had 110 comments!  That means I have put together extra bundles of 90's fabrics!

So first I want to tell you about my treasure hunting.  I blogged here about my trip to Hillsville, VA flea market and the treasures I found.  Especially this quilt.

I took most of the ties out to remove the top. 

I exposed how part of the back is dyed feed sack, with the writing turned to the inside.  I found a cool article on the founding of Royster which had its roots in Tarboro, NC.   It was fascinating how many different weights and weaves the fabrics were in this quilt.

You can see the blocks exposed of the inner quilt.  This is a very old quilt!

It is also very deteriorated.  But look string blocks!  I dont know if the old quilt was so deteriorated when it was sandwiched or if washing effected it.

As you can tell in this pic there was a lot of lint in the folds of the binding.  I think this quilt was washed a lot.

The surprising things were all of the 'other' things I found sandwiched inside.   Let me tell you and show you some of them and then think about why.  BTW I think the older quilt is probably from 1860's.  I went by looking at the woven fabrics on the back that are fairly strong and the mostly disintegrated piecing on the front.

The outer quilt is probably 30's or 40's.  But what in the world is inside?  Can anyone tell from this?  What is it?

Yes it is someones undergarment.  Around the edge of the quilt these were folded to fill in the shortage of length I guess of the older quilt.  

Here is the slip. What do you think 30's 40's?  I think it is like a kind of organza?  It is handmade with lace straps and edging.  Im not good with non cotton fabrics. There were other pices of what seemed to be cut up womens bloomers? and mens cotton what??  do you call old fashioned mens underclothes.  There were also random pieces of various fabrics from thick wollens to cotton to a dotted swiss printed voile.  When I finish taking it apart I will photo all pieces of the quilt better.
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So now for the winners! I created a virtual 10 sided die with the digits 0-9 and rolled it three times.  First I got a 0 then a 6 then 8 so 68!

Congrats to Mimi who wins the first bundle left over form my two stretched stars quilt!

Mimi said...
I am a new follower and look forward to your future blog posts!! Thanks for this sweet giveaway! I'd love to make a stretched star quilt!

Now for the bonus bundles!

And the winners are with six more rolls of the virtual dice!
#20 Natasha and #15 Irina!

Congrats to all winners!  Please send me your snail mails and I will send out you bundles asap so you can get started on your scrap quilts!

keep dreaming...Colleen

I have cut my Jay Carrol Habitat challenge fabric and the solid gray
 into1", 2", 3" strips.  More to come...


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for hosting a gracious give away.

WoolenSails said...

How neat to find all that in the quilt, what a treasure.
Congratulations to the winners!


Hands Sew Full said...

Very cool quilt discovery! Congrats to the winners.

gill said...

What great finds! Lucky you!
Congratulations to all the winners!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you! I am so excited that I have won! I emailed you my snail mail!

Barb said...

Congrats to the winners....and that slip is amazing....I guess you just used what you had back then....thanks for showing us your quilt you found, very interesting.

Little Penpen said...

Congrats! to the winners and I am truly amazed with your new 'old' quilt. I would have never thought that old slips were inside!!! That is one of the coolest things ever.

Sara said...

Wow what very intriguing finds inside that quilt!! Are you going to re piece the whole quilt once you get all the treasures out?

Irina said...

Wow! thank you! what a nice surprise!
And how amazing to find that quilt... and all what is inside, unbelievable!

Mimi said...

What s nice surprise!! Thanks! I will send you my snail mail right away. Congrats to the other winners too!