Wonderful early 20th Century American completely hand stitched cotton calico quilt/bed cover for a single bed or a double bed 'throw' in pale blue and blue green with beautifully done squares and four leaf clover insets. Yes, this represents a bit of a sewing project as it is unfinished but most of the 'hard work' is already beautifully completes and it will be very special when it is done!
Small approximately 1 1/2" squares in white, pale blue and blue green are cleverly spaced and accurately sewn together in a striking diagonal pattern and inter spaced with larger 10" squares in white, onto which a pale blue four leaf clover (about 3" x 3") has been appliqued. Three of these white squares at one end have not had the four leaf clover added. Although all the squares are finished, only one of the appliqued four leaf clovers is actually sewn on. The rest are nicely tacked but need to be finished. There appear to be about 7 to 8 stitches per inch which are all completely hand done.
The total unfinished measurements are about 63" wide and 73" long. When on a single bed (please see photos) this leaves a generous overhang on the sides and bottom to cover the mattress. Of course if a deep border was added this could be generous enough to cover a queen size.
The condition of this piece is excellent. The stitching all looks remarkably secure and I can only find one very faint 'rust' stain which is very hard to see (please see photo 7). It has been gently washed and is just waiting to be lovingly completed and put to use.
This is a fine example of the remarkable patience and talent of seamstresses of this period! Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information or photos. I have recently listed a finished appliqued and embroidered single bedspread the trim on which perfectly complements the colors in this quilt top which would make a lovely 'throw' at the end of the bed or over a chair to complement the spread, so please have a look in the shop.
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