About 5 years ago, I bought a vintage quilt top on eBay. It was an incomplete top so it was very inexpensive. When I got it, I didn't quite know what to do with it, but what I did know was that I loved the colors. I was made from old feed sacks, which delighted me all the more.
I could see where the seams of the sacks had been picked apart
and there were stamps like this on a few of the blocks.
I loved the "make do" quality of it.....
See here where two of the light blue hexies are the same color but not the same pattern?
I like to think of the thrifty hands that pieced this together using the last bits of fabric they had. :)
Since I couldn't make any sort of a quilt out of the top I decided to take it apart and make a few things with it. First, I unpicked enough blocks to make a portion of the quilt into a table runner.
Then, I took two of the unpicked blocks and framed them. I found these frames at goodwill and spray painted them black. Then I used spray adhesive to attach them to the fabric backing.
I took the largest piece for the runner and machine quilted it.
I used a stippling stitch with a red variegated thread.
When that was finished, I couldn't decide how I would bind the edges.
I finally decided to measure and cut straight edges, because some of the border hexies were so uneven.
Then I bound it with a black pin dot fabric.
It was a ginormous pain in the neck to sew all those corners,
and it took a whole lot longer than I want to talk about,
BUT, I'm so glad it's finished!
I like how it is just the right size for our big table.
And I loooove the red!
I hope that whoever pieced this all those years ago, likes how it ended up.
I am certainly grateful for all the work that went into it before it came into my life!