This is an old crazy quilt top that I bought several years ago intending to repair and finish it. It got put away and time got away from me. A few months ago I read about a crazy quilt contest with the proceeds going to the Alliance for American Quilts, so got it back out. It was in worse condition than I remembered.
I apologize for my lack of skill in “putting” all the photos together, but here is the quilt in “nine” photos.
Here are a few detail photos to show some of the damage. This first one shows a ribbon from some Grand Lodge in Arkansas.
It’s sad how the beautiful old silks have worn or crumbled away.
This photo shows how the quilt was actually done on foundation squares and then sewn together.
I wish I could have used this, but the background silk is in shreds.
I know that some “purist” feel that old quilts should not be cut up, but I decided the best way to “salvage” any of this quilt would be do do just that. I struggled to find areas with good fabric. Here is the beginning of my crazy quilt entry. Later I will show you the embroidery and embellishment that I added. The finished quilt will be 16 in X 16 in as the rules demand.