Or maybe that title should read “the old and the older”! Good afternoon everyone! It’s been a busy week. This has been my Christmas baking week. I have one more batch of cookies to go – Danish butter cookies called Raspberry Ribbons. Everything else is in the freezer, awaiting a cookie exchange later this week.
About the post title…I’ve been enjoying old things this week. I posted Monday about working on my Trip-Around-The-World quilt that I started when I was seventeen. Not to get into details, but that was quite a few decades ago! I started out hand piecing it and hand quilting it. I ended up finishing the piecing by machine and I’m just finishing up the hand quilting now.
I learned a lot with that quilt.
I originally wanted it to be queen size, but I didn’t like the border fabric once it was attached, so I cut it off. Now I have a 60” square quilt. It’s really a lap quilt. That’s okay. It’s almost finished!
I also discovered I don’t like hand piecing or hand quilting. As the years have gone by I’ve had increasing difficulty seeing to thread needles, which doesn’t help.
This was my first quilt and I picked small 2.5 inch squares to make a big quilt. My patience was not up to the task! I had long stretches of time, when life got in the way, where I did not work on it at all. But it’s been sitting in a bag in my living room for two years now. It’s time to get it out of there! I won’t move it until it is finished.
What’s left to do? I have about 2 inches of hand quilting from the end of my last hand quilting to the binding (yes, I’m aware it’s being done out of order) all the way around the entire quilt. Maybe 120 rows of 2 inches of quilting to finish. I’m hoping to be done by Christmas.
That’s the “New” of “The Old and The New”! What’s “The Old” you might ask? Well, I bit the bullet and purchased two older rugs this week. They were posted on Facebook and I fell in love with one in particular, the moment I saw the photo. I have no idea how old it is, but I was told it once belonged to Carol Harvey Clark and is loosely referred to as “The Wedding Rug”, though the seller didn’t know for sure if it is one.
It has a very unusual asymmetrical geometric design. The colour combination of greys (faded blues), greens, yellows and pinks is striking. If I look at the base of the loops and the back of the rug, I can see it was once much brighter and more intense. I thought at first it was on burlap, but the whipping is starting to wear on the edge, revealing a white backing that is very supple. I’m guessing it’s linen. I’m thinking about replacing the whipping where it’s worn, and placing the rug on the floor of an infrequently walked in part of the house.
That led me to Judy Taylor’s Facebook group on repairing hooked rugs, and ultimately to her website, where I ordered her book on repairing hooked rugs – “Save That Rug!”.
The other rug I bought is “about 70 years old” according to the seller. A fine cut, fine shaded floral with a green background. It’s gorgeous! I almost didn’t buy this one. It has edge issues and is on burlap. But I think it can be repaired.
Yesterday, after the foot or so of wet snow we had, I took both rugs out to clean. I was being extra careful with them. It did brighten them up some. Next up is to repair them before shopping for a proper underlay for them and putting them permanently in place. That may not happen until the new year.
This has been a long blog post! If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!