Thursday, August 20, 2015

TBT - Pop's Crazy Quilt

Throwback Thursday has certainly gotten me reminiscing about some of my early projects disasters, but first I want to feature yet another family antique quilt -- my grandfather's crazy quilt.

Ely Delmer Miller 1874-1948
Now I see where I get my straight smile ...

Like the two pieced quilts I showed a couple of weeks ago (sorry I missed last week, no WiFi when I needed it), this quilt was also stored out of sight in our home when I was growing up.

Pop's Quilt
Not much was ever said about it.  I have no idea who made it.  In the deep recesses of my mind I recall my mother saying it was made from Pop's suits.  You can see that some of the pieces show the cutout for armholes and sleeves.  You can also see that it was constructed in large rectangles.

Weird shapes
It appears that the oddly shaped pieces are stitched onto the muslin foundation by hand.

Muslin foundation / Shattered silk
Fabrics are mostly wool with  a few silks ...

Velvet amidst the wools
... and velvets ...

Woven tape - check out the stitches!
... and woven tape thrown in.

Embroidery stitches
The variety of embroidery stitches has entranced me for years; I never get tired of studying them.

Plaid back
The back is a sturdy plaid ...

Pink ties
... and the pink yarn ties on the back do not go through to the front; they only catch the muslin foundation.  There is no batting.

Next week you'll see how this quilt inspired my earliest attempt at quilt making -- also my oldest UFO!

Linking up with Krista Quilts for Throwback Thursday.


  1. You are so fortunate to have a documented family quilt. He was a very handsome gentleman. The embroidery stitches are so unique, complex and precise. A real family treasure!

  2. Wow, so much detail in all that embroidery. It's an amazing quilt. Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday this week.

  3. Wow! The handwork is amazing, such a treasure.


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