This quilt measures 66X75. It was probably made by either my Nana or Great Aunt on my Dad's side of the family.
A little detail - the fabrics are old! So I am guessing late 1800's, early 1900's, but I am not a fabric expert! Each complete block measures 6". Many, many, many of the 3" 4 patch units are pieced from 2-3 pieces of fabric (you can see the top right brown square is pieced), but interestingly enough the backing is all the same fabric - that one big piece of fabric must have been a true treasure! The seams are more like 1/8", the binding is the front folded over the back and is frayed or gone in some places. The big blocks have diagonal quilting going across, the 4 patches are stitch in the ditch and then diagonally through the squares to make a diamond, the borders are diagonally quilted. So, lots of work for this quilt. Obviously, it has had lots of use... AND then, at a much later date someone went back and very carefully appliqued new pieces of fabric over the pieces of fabric that were coming apart! Can you see the new pieces? They are the ones that don't fit - like the big blue geometric print square in the 3rd photo. You can really see the new patches when you look at the entire quilt.
Does looking at these old quilts ever make you stop and think about "making do"? I don't think how to sort scraps was ever an issue for these women! The issue must have been more like gathing enough bits and pieces of fabric just to make the blocks.
If you are just starting to quilt - you don't NEED a closet full of fabric to make a quilt. Most quilts take just a few yards of fabric. You just need a some scraps, add a few fat quarters from there and keep going. Some of my first quilts were made from scraps given to me by family members. If you want/need fabric to make a quilt - speak up! Someone will give you more than enough to get started! Eventually, you will be wondering how to sort your scraps. And then finally, maybe some day, someone will ask you for some scraps to get them started in quilting!
This post is a result of Mommi asking me how I sorted my scraps... got me to thinking about this quilt and how at one time in history, quilter's didn't have scraps to sort!... so although this isn't the answer on how I sort my scraps, it is part of the answer... to be continued!