Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Antique Quilt

I've been reading Kris's blog Simplify on her new sewing room and the quilt pieces she's been working on.  I don't know how to quilt; or much about quilting for that matter, but it's made me curious about my family antique quilt.

I keep it in my bedroom over an antique oak rocker.  

(I refold it periodically to rotate the creases.)

I believe the pattern is called "Flying Geese"?  It is hand stitched, look at those tiny stitches...

and, on the cream part, there is a leaf and berry motif.

I was hoping someone out there with some quilting expertise could give me some information on my quilt.  Maybe roughly how old it is, what the pattern might be called, etc.

It is thin; a front and back with no batting in between.  The back is solid cream, same fabric as the cream blocks on the front.

Any ideas?

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Hubby and I have been trying to make the new house more of a home.  

Last weekend, we moved furniture around and hung up more pictures.  

I've been struggling with how to decorate the house.  Most of our things are old or antique in darker wood.  Trying to find the right location for pieces has been a challenge.  

I've got three different styles in this photo alone.  Most of it has been gifted to us from family.  I have Early American, 19th Century antique and modern traditional....

What's a girl to do?  


Decorating is a work in progress.

I hope your week is going well.

Happy Wednesday,



  1. Sorry, I don't know anything about quilts, but it is a pretty one. Your home is looking beautiful Heather. :)

  2. I don't know anything about quilting, Heather, but yours is beautiful. I hope you find some info on it.
    Love all the decorating your doing. Your home looks so peaceful and pretty :-)

    1. Thank you, decorating is a work in progress. I'm looking forward to getting out Christmas things and getting the Christmas cheer throughout the house. :-)

  3. The quilt is exquisite, a real delight and you have a beautiful home.

    1. Thank you, I appreciate your kind comment. Heather

  4. Heather, my mother-in-law could have answered all of your questions for you regarding your beautiful heirloom piece. She also did all of her own stitching by hand when it came to the quilting. She loved doing appliques also. There is one thing that I would suggest. I would move it (and the rocker unless you have a quilt rack) away from the window. As beautiful as it looks there, the sun will fade the colors.

    You hit the nail on the head when you said decorating is a work in truly is. As we grow older our tastes may change. I love the picture you showed at last with three different pieces, seen in three different areas but still in the same picture. It all is lovely.

    1. Thanks Dianna. I thought about that (moving the quilt away from the windows), I appreciate the advice (and well taken). Maybe I'll look for a quilt rack at a 2nd hand store and see what I can find. That would probably display it better too. Thanks again, Heather

  5. Well, I can't help you on the quilt info, but it sure is pretty. I have several that my granny made, but none like that one. I'm sure somebody out here in blogland can help you out.

  6. It's a beautiful quilt, I can't quilt either but I envy anyone who can, I hope you get the info you are seeking, your home is looking beautiful. :)

  7. It is a beautiful quilt. Hope you get some info on it. I've never had a huge problem with decorating, mainly because we have a small house and old, hand me down furniture. But I know my MIL rotates her knick knacks and some decorations. Not just seasonal, but different things she wants to display, then boxes the rest.

    1. Thanks JoAnn. Have a nice evening. Heather

  8. Hi Heather. What a beautiful heirloom piece you have! Yes it is indeed called Flying Geese. I would imagine that it was made in the early to mid 1900's. Although you say there is no batting in the middle, I would guess that there is, or at least, was at one time. Whether they used actual cotton batting, or some other kind of thin layer of fabric, there probably was something there in the middle, that has shifted, and dissolved away with age. The hand stitching is lovely. I find it so interesting how quilts were constructed in those days. And history of quilting, and what certain motifs and patterns mean, is very interesting. You are so lucky to have this beautiful quilt. I say display it, and enjoy it!
    Your home is looking great too. I also have many styles, and such here in my home. But I make what I like, work for us.
    Love the post!!!
    xo Kris

    1. Thanks Kris for the info on the quilt, I knew you could shed some light on it. I'll have to do a google search and see if I can find out what the leaf and berry means. That makes sense about the middle piece. Thanks again, have a great day, Heather

  9. Heather, the quilt is gorgeous! You so lucky to have this heirloom piece. It is indeed called Flying Geese. And in my best guess, I would say probably made in early to mid 1900's. It may have had a batting, or some other such middle fabric at one time, that has just sort of shifted or dissolved away over the years. The stitches are great! Love the berries and leaf too. You should always display it, and enjoy it. That is what they are for!!! Loved this post!
    And you home is looking lovely too. I also have an eclectic mix of furniture in my house. I am a big believer in use what you like, and make it work!

  10. Hi Heather, sorry to be late getting around. Yesterday was errand day and I didn't get much computer time! The quilt is beautiful. I love these old things. I have one from my grandmother. I don't know anything about quilts though I wish I could quilt. I feel like it is a lost art!
    Your home is gorgeous! I'm not much on decorating. Our place doesn't have much of a theme so to say. Hope the rest of your week is great and a wonderful weekend!

  11. I love antiques and have many of them in my home. I would call my decorating style eclectic, a little of everything. Love your family quilt.


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