May 24

Grandmother’s quilt

Shredded quilt

My grandmother's pinwheel quilt

Just take a look at my grandmother’s quilt.

Made in the 1950s – I think, though employing older fabrics – it has been well worn (dare I say abused?) and is terribly shredded but retains much its pinwheel charm.

Feedsack pinwheels

Feedsack fabrics

I washed it yesterday using a delicate soap, gently agitating it by hand in the bathtub (just prodding it, really) before letting it drain (boy, that water was satisfyingly yellow!), rinsing it, draining it again, rolling it carefully and putting it in the washing machine to spin. Then I let it dry flat and supported before hanging it (just damp) on the line to finish drying in the fresh air. All in the name of work avoidance, of course.

Dotty pinwheel

Feedsack pinwheel

You might see it as a cutter, but I think I will drape it somewhere and watch it gently deteriorate.

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  1. Blondie says:

    Stunning. I'm with you on this one; I couldn't cut it. Well, maybe *once* it had deteriorated…?

  2. ruth Singer says:

    lovely! I think I prefer disintegrating quilts.

  3. Helen says:

    Mick Inkpen has a comment at the beginning of his Kipper children's books that he wants all his books to become 'dog-eared and familiar', much used and loved pieces of family life. I suspect your quilt is the quilty equivalent! I like to imagine the original maker would be thrilled that their quilt is in the caring hands of someone who loves it for what it is still, not what it has become.

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