Thursday, June 18, 2015

Octogon Or Spider Web Quilt

I just love old quilts, I love how they look, I love how they feel, and  I especially love knowing, that someone in the family, had the patience and skill, to make such a beautiful artistic item. When I get frustrated with one of my modern sewing projects, I stop and take a look at my old quilts, at all the tiny little stitches, and remind myself, of the patience and love, that was put into their making. They sewed every little stitch by hand. So I should stop complaining, when all I need to do is thread the serger, or replace a dull needle, on one of my machines.

I call this my Yellow Octagon Quilt, for lack of a better term. I do not know old quilt patterns well enough, to tell you what the name of this pattern is. I wish I knew. This quilt belonged to Grandma Mayann's, grandma, Anne Elston Krout, who married Harry Marshall Scearce. Tho this one does not carry the mark 137. It measures 75" x 81".

Like her other quilts, I believe grt. grandma Anne, made this one some time between 1924 in Mosier or Hood River, when she bought her new Singer treadle sewing machine, and her death in 1927, in Hood River, Or. Grandma Maryann couldn't tell me much about this one. She just told me she never liked it, so kept it in a bag, on the upper shelf of one of the bedroom closets. A part of me was just delighted, because that is why the quilt is in such great shape. However, another part of me felt rather sad, because this quilt never got to fulfill its destiny, which was to keep them warm on a cold winters night. I think it is just beautiful.

Here is a good picture of the back of the quilt, showing the intricate stitching. This quilt too was machine pieced and hand quilted, 10 & 11 stitches to the inch, her grids being 1 to 1 1/4 inches apart.
I always stand rather in awe, when I see just how tiny and even her stitch-work was.

Here is a closer view of the back, which is covered with a thin cotton cover, with a cotton thin batting in between.

UPDATE: I found a pattern on the internet which called this pattern, "Spiderweb," it is a variant, but I believe it is the closest pattern, to our design.

This is a quilt dated from the 1930's that I found online. It is similar, but doesn't have the cut off corners, so that the block remains square.

This one is also from online, and is considered a spiderweb pattern, its fabrics date from the 30's to the 50's.  It too has not cut the corners, so the block is square.

I think this quilt, most resembles the pattern of our old family quilt. It too is considered spiderweb. This one has the corners done, the same way as ours. It has fabrics dating from the 30's.

None of these quilts have the little octagon piece in the center, so it may well be, that our family made up their own variant of the spiderweb. I may be prejudiced, but I think ours is a much prettier example of this pattern, than the ones I found online.

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