Modern Sunbonnet Sue's Musings

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Vintage Wool Throw

A few weeks ago, I posted pictures of some vintage quilts that I own. Someone asked to see the wool throw laid out. When I wrote the post, I didn't have any pictures of the full quilt. So, I laid out the quilt and snapped several shots. It wasn't easy, since I am not able to use my right arm yet. And, it took another week to get the photos posted, because I have been so exhausted. Recovering from surgery is a long process, and takes even longer the older that I get. I'm back to working pretty much full time, only leaving work early on days that I have physical therapy. The one hundred mile round trip to & from work is especially tiring, driving with only my left arm. Using my left arm & hand to do all tasks takes a lot of brain power, contrary to the second nature of my right-handedness. I am progressing, though, and hope the surgeon will up the physical therapy after I visit him again next week. So far, it's been just electric muscle stimulation and massage therapy.

Now, to what you all came for. This wool throw is circa 1935. As I indicated in the previous post, the fabrics are wool, some cottons (possibly scraps from men's shirts), some home dec fabrics, and maybe some silk ties. The fabrics may have come from a salesman's sample book of fabrics. The throw is tied, which typically indicates it was made for utilitarian purposes. The backing is cotton, providing an interesting binding as the striped fabric was turned to the front for stitching down. Two sides have a candy cane like affect, while the other two sides have the full length of the stripe along the edge.

The blocks appear to be octagons and squares stitched together. However, some of the small squares are hand stitched on top of the corners of the larger rectangles, while other squares appear to have set in seams. Below is a closeup of one corner of the quilt.

The binding treatment is clearly visible from this shot. The edging has half square triangles stitched at the block corners. The quilt is in fairly good condition, but I do plan to do a few repairs. There are some loose squares that just need a few stitches, while a fine netting in a matching color will be stitched over corners where the fabric has frayed.



Published Sat, May 11 2013 3:17 PM by Pamela


# re: Vintage Wool Throw@ Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:56 AM

Very nice quilt. what kind of fabric is used on the binding? Looks like striped yardage. It isn't a shirt is it?


# re: Vintage Wool Throw@ Sunday, May 12, 2013 4:00 PM

I believe I was the one asking for the photo.  I am so sorry it was so difficult.  It didn't occur to me that it would be.  I apologize for not thinking about your recovery before I asked.  However, I us say, I appreciate the effort you have taken.  This is absolutely lovely.  Thank yo so much for taking the time to,show us, it's really quite spectacular!


# re: Vintage Wool Throw@ Monday, May 13, 2013 7:02 PM

Thanks, Jenia. No worries over asking for more photos. I could have asked my husband to snap the shots, but I'm just stubborn that way and took them myself. Glad you like the quilt.