70.5" X 72" - another family quilt. Perhaps this is my Great Aunt Eva's wedding quilt? She married in the late 1800's. I just don't know...
When I was growing up, this quilt was beautiful - always kept in the closet and brought out only once in a great while to admire... but in recent years it has been heavily used and left on a sunny bed. Due to fading - it is hard to get a good photo.
The piecing/applique is absolutely perfect! The quilting is a little flower in the center of each block. Each heart is quilted inside and outside the line, so you have a double heart. And - can you see? The borders are quilted with little tiny ripples.
Like many New England quilts - this one has cut-outs for the 4 poster bed. The cut-out is 4.5", the side and bottom borders are 4.5", the top white border is 4" and the blocks are almost 7". I think it probably would have fit the 3/4 size beds - they were bigger than a twin, smaller than a double - some of my beds from when I was younger were this size.
And - a photo of the backing.
Some of the pieces are pieced to use every scrap of fabric... and I think the quilter probably ran out of blue, hence the light top border. If you think about it though - you never really see that top border anyway if you put your pillows on top of the quilt so a top border is a good choice for a different fabric.
I imagine it was a special quilt when it was made as there are only 3 fabrics total (2 for the top and 1 for the back). A very special purchase, indeed, for that day and age, if this quilt really is as old as I think it may be.
And - I've never seen another quilt like this one before, so, despite it's fading and stains, I am happy that I at least got a chance to measure and photograph it!