Monday, July 2, 2018

Sewing problems? Just add some coping strips!

We've all had times that our blocks didn't turn out right and we've felt that all was lost but look at how this quilter handled the problem. She added sawtooth "coping strips" to 2 edges and voila

And look at the center of the bottom row  for another block with sawtooth 'coping strips' to make them fit into the top. Blocks like this always interest me, wonder what happened . . . was it a group quilt and some people didn't read the instructions, did the maker decide to recycle blocks that weren't quite the right size or did she really have technical difficulties???? In spite of, or maybe because I'm such a diehard on my own quilts, I love these 'maverik' or what was she thinking quilts (thanks Julie Silber for one of my fav. quilting phrases).

*** And note that despite or maybe because of the issues this quilt is totally charming and whimsical and makes me SMILE!!! This is one of my cheeriest quilts and you can definitely see it was made in the transitional period between the dark Victorian quilts  of the late 1800s and the bright 1930s quilts. It is circa 1910 and from Ohio. It is a fairly uncommon pattern.

It may be the person was a new quilter as this quilt has another unusual aspect: 3 different binding techniques were used - self binding (back brought to front), applied binding, and a knife edge. Again, don't know if it was a group quilt or a practice/learning quilt.

This section worked out better but still had some technical difficulties


  1. Made me smile also.
    I recently found your blog and will read earlier posts. Thank you.

  2. No matter what the new improvisational/modern quilters say - there's not much new in the quilt world as far as making blocks fit together. Is it possible that the applied binding was a repair to the original fold-over or knife edge binding?


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