Monday, August 24, 2009
Repair Job Layers
I meant to show how many layers I discovered in the repair job piece -- five in all. The top is the silk patchwork, handsewn to muslin foundation squares. Beneath that was a thin layer of cotton batting, then a flannel blanket, which was sewn in places to the satin backing (which makes me think the backing was quilted separately and then added to the piece.)
I've also found some human hair in the layers (sounds a little gross, I know, but this is pretty common. So are cat and dog hairs a piece will pick up from the maker's household pets and bloodspots from where the maker pricked her fingers while sewing.) The maker also had an aversion to trimming her knots, so there are lots of long embroidery thread tails under the foundation muslin.
The coolest part of the piece is the stitchwork. She used tiny quilting stitches on the backing, and her embroidery around the patchwork is very fine and perfectly symmetrical. Most crazy quilters work up to doing an all-silk quilt at some point in their lives, as it's considered the hardest type of crazy to make, so she might have been practicing for that with this piece.