I’ve been busy today doing the ‘neat’ draft of the final four blocks. Of course I should have done them before I left for the US but, well you know how it is!
Before I show you the blocks coming out tomorrow though I’d love to share just a little of my (and my Maltaville quilt’s) trip.
A highlight was visiting the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History. I was able to spend a morning with curator Doris M. Bowman. Together we took the original Maltaville Album Quilt out of its drawer and lay it out carefully on the table so I could spend some time studying it. To say I felt privileged is a major understatement.
I was able to see how my efforts compared to the quilt made by the good ladies of Maltaville, New York all those years ago.
I’m grinning like the cat that got the cream.
The quilt is edged with a fine piping covered in a red fabric. The cream fabric you see is not a border but a very wide binding (unfilled) approx 1 1/4″ finished.
And there were a few other secrets the original threw up which I will share as time goes on.
I am in two minds now about how to quilt mine, and perhaps I will hand quilt it.
Anyway, four blocks are ready to go tomorrow and here they are
It’s shaping up to finish on a red and green note I’m afraid
and drum roll
Even though this is the end of the blocks, it won’t be the end of the story.
so til soon,