I have recently been buying vintage quilt tops on Ebay and this is a beauty from the USA, dating from the 1930's. It is a hand pieced pinwheel design with a lot of the bubblegum pink which was popular then. I had to replace a few patches as there was a very fragile blue print where the dye had eaten the fabric away, and another blue print with stains on it. the stains had been there prior to piecing and some of the brown stain had eaten the fabric away. The piecing stitches were tiny and I had trouble replicating them. I chose some vintage fabric from my stash to replace the damaged pieces.
The background cream fabric was a very fine muslin which was translucent. The whole quilt top was so fragile I couldn't stretch it on my home quilting frame so had to stitch in the ditch after layering with batting and backing, then once stabilised it wasthen possible to stretch it on my frame and machine quilt it. An all over stippling pattern looked the best.
I managed to find an exact match of plain pink homespun to bind the quilt.
Altogether a fascinating process. I could almost feel the hand of the original quilter. The finished quilt has a happiness and charm about it with the bright summery colours.