Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Vintage Quilt Story

I'm theProud Owner of a Genuine Bungalow Bay Quilt!
 I can't even begin to say how happy I was when this baby quilt arrived from Karen Black at Bungalow Bay Quilts, for her Countdown to Christmas Giveaway  (that link has better pictures than I got.)  It arrived a month ago, but I've been hogging this beauty, waiting for good light for a photo shoot!  No good light, so here are some photos anyway!

Karen made this quilt using antique and vintage tumbler blocks to repurpose a quilt top into several little quilts. I think she may have mixed in some newer fabrics too, but it is done seamlessly, so it is hard to tell where. I love the polka dot binding, and the butter yellow border-- perfect choice!  I thought it was really interesting to try to pick out fabrics I know, like the red pindots, and some brown rosebud fabric that we used in my family business when I was a kid, as potholder fabric.  My mother said it was a reprint then, probably from the 1920's or '30's, made by Concord Fabrics (I hope I am remembering this correctly.)  She met a lady who had worked in the design department when the original rosebud was made, and she helped her out a lot when she started in the crafting business, with practical help and moral support!

I also recognized fabrics I have seen in blouses by both grandmothers, as well as some shirting from the grandfathers too. And there are some fabrics I recognize for the first scrap quilt my Mom made too. So this turned out to be a really personal quilt to receive, with lots of stories.

I think my favorite fabric in this is the pink and green and grey bit in the lower righthand corner of each of these pics.  I thought it was cool when it looked like stuffed olives, but then I realized it is of sacks with strings around them and patches.  Very nice!
Thanks again Karen
I just love everything about this fantastic little quilt!
I hope we are swappers soon at Doll Quilters Monthly!


  1. Oh what a wonderful giveaway! Wish I could be that lucky one day;)

  2. That is just gorgeous. I love all of those fabrics.

  3. What a terrific idea to make the quilt from vintage fabrics. How big is the quilt. Beautiful!

  4. Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I love the little quilt!

    Cheery wave from Bev!

  5. Ohh, I love this tumbler quilt too -- so many memories! Makes me think I should go open the tote of antique quilt tops from Gram's attic this week...maybe I can at least take pics to share?


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