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Flojo Posted: Fri, Sep 6 2013 1:04 PM

Ready to put my ugly fabric quilt on my frame, I started looking for backing in my stash. Since it is a utility quilt, made to be used and not the top of the bed type, I dug through my stash of muslin. 

Several yards the muslin was from my mother's stash.  I found a piece that was 67" wide x 82" long.. with a 1/4" center seam. The selvedges had been trimmed off. The odd thing was that it had a row of stitching every 3 inches, top to bottom.  Very precise.  Everywhere I measured it was consistent.  The stitching appeared to have been done after it was seamed together. There were no threads from fabric caught anywhere in the seams. Can anyone give me an idea as why or what ???????????????????

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Interesting.  I really have no idea... Maybe it was intended to be a quilt back and the stitching was decorative????

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zoetc49 replied on Fri, Sep 6 2013 1:16 PM

My first thought was she was making curtains, maybe? For the kitchen. IDK. 

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Erin replied on Fri, Sep 6 2013 1:43 PM

Did she have a big table..maybe it was a tablecloth?

 

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Maybe she got frustrated after stitching a whole quilt together only to discover there was never any bobbin thread in the bobbin and did something else with the top??

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gini replied on Fri, Sep 6 2013 2:25 PM

maybe they were guide lines to quilt on when the quilt was sandwiched.

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Sounds like a curtain or a table cover to me too. She may have added the stitching to make it look decorative.

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MNnancy replied on Fri, Sep 6 2013 8:53 PM

Could we see a picture?


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Flojo replied on Fri, Sep 6 2013 10:30 PM

I ran it through the washer and ironed it dry.  In the ironing I discovered 2 things.  Some very fine silky threads caught in one of the rows of stitching.  Blue. So apparently it was the backing for something, what I don't know, although the size does indicate a small quilt.  I remember her working on a quilt made of ties and possibly this was her first attempt gone wrong as a foundation.  Or maybe it was for curtains, we did have silky curtains in the front window when I was in grade school.  This might have been the backing to give very thin fabric more stability.  Sorry no picture possible as it is already on the rail of my quilting frame.  I added 30 inches of matching ( except for the stitching) and made it large enough for my quilt.  When I take it off I will try to take a photo, although with the quilting the rows might not show up.  However it will work great as a guide to keep the top square. 

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