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I’m a quilt top lover. Are you?
I’m not talking about a contemporary UFO from someone’s workbasket. I’m talking about a UFO from someone’s workbasket from a long time ago – at least 50+ years ago. Vintage, antique—that kind of quilt top.
What is it about them that I’m drawn to? Well first of all – because they’ve never been quilted they are typically in sweet shape. They are crisp. They are vibrant. They are beautiful. They take up little space. They are mini fabric collections. They are pretty. They offer challenges in block or design identification.
Over the last few years I have bought and sold some tops and also have kept a few. I have found the best place to find tops at reasonable prices, are at country auctions. I LOVE a good country auction and the time for them to start (because of weather in our region of the universe) is upon us.
(If you want to know how to bid at an auction, maybe I will do a post on that. I have found many people are afraid to go to auctions because they don’t understand them. Auctions are easy and a lot of fun. Let me know if you think it would be a fun post and I’ll get on it.)
Do any of you collect quilt tops? If you do, what do you do with them? The ones I have sold have gone to people who either finish them into quilts or have someone do it for them, or they just collect them, like me. Do you have an opinion on this? I have heard some say that they would NEVER, EVER finish a vintage quilt top. It wouldn’t be true to the top and/or maker. Well, I have my own opinion on that.
Since it’s spring – eee gad, finally! – I thought I would share some pics from a few of the tops I have had over the last few years. I would love to hear from you. Post your comments here and share this post if you want.
I hope you have enjoyed this little quilt top show. If you have memories of any quilt tops found or inherited, I would love to hear their stories. I believe all these tops came from auctions. In case you were wondering – I paid between $10 and $30 for them. I love a good deal. –Betsy