Here are my amazing vintage quilts. I think this one is from the 1940's or so, maybe earlier, looking at the fabric. Lots of shirtings.
it's machine pieced and tied off-no quilting.
look at the browns and oranges! It's pretty dirty. I haven't washed it-I probably will put it on delicate in the machine and hang dry-and then never wash it again. I know it's best not to wash it at all, but I think the dirt can contribute to the wear and tear if it's left on for too long. Notice the creative piecing where she didn't have enough fabric to make the plaid square.
This amazing beauty is earlier-I think 1920's. It's HAND PIECED! and tied off, no quilting. Notice the border at the bottom, but not on the top-and the crazy irregular border on both sides. This quilt is so full of strange love.
lots of shirt fabric in this one-and VERY creative piecing-look at the 2 stripes used on one block! (on the right)
I need to research the name on this block-I think it's "milk bottles", or something similar.
Again, it's sooo dirty. I can't tell you what a steal I got these for. Well, actually, I can, they were $40 each. I found them at a vintage furniture shop stuffed in a basket under the table. I have been pretty luck buying vintage textiles at shops that specialize in furniture-mostly because they don't know/care about quilts/textiles.
You just can't make quilts this quirky (although I'm always trying with my small quilts) but there is something so special about the "make-do" quality of these. *sigh*