Barbara was recently rummaging through The Cupboard which houses her vintage quilt collection and brought out a patchwork top which seems to fit our Scrappy theme very well. The patchwork has been made from a wide and charming variety of scrap fabrics and it looks as if the 60 degree diamonds might have first been made up into hexagon units and then put together.
Larger hexagons have been added in at the edges and the hexagon rosette at the centre is, in fact, composed of diamonds (see final pic below). All very eclectic!
First, a detail of the reverse side – you can see both diamonds and hexagons here.
Notice that the fabric has not always been cut to a hexagon shape before being tacked over the papers; in some instances there is almost as much fabric on the reverse as there is on the front. It is possible that the maker began with appropriately sized squares of fabric to make her hexagons which would have involved less initial cutting and preparation of the patches.
Here’s roughly half of the quilt top showing the scrappy random arrangement of pieces and the unexpected selection of fabrics for the centre rosette –
and some details of the many different prints –
You can see from the above detail that this is a truly scrappy piece with very little organisation – lower right corner is one of the larger hexagons.
More vintage scrappiness at a later date …