Vintage Zig-Zag Nine Patch Quilt Top

In the past two weeks, I have purchased three vintage quilt tops — two finished and one unfinished. One was extravagant ($130) and the other two more reasonable ($40), although certainly not a steal. The top I’m showing you today is one of the $40 tops and the first one I have received in the mail.

The photos of this quilt were terrible, so I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get. Here is the original ebay photo and the description…

This is an unfinished quilt top that I acquired from Clara’s wedding chest once I had purchased her home in Plymouth after she had passed away. It is in excellent condition….it just needs some finishing up! It is all handsewn with no machine work. It measures 74″ X 56″ – a twin bed. Its main color is pink.

The photo is so washed out and out of focus that it was impossible to see the real condition of the top.  I thought the faded coloring might be the result of bad photography — and I was right!

The blocks are smaller than I imagined (around 2 1/2″), and the colors are bright and cheery — more depression period than antique.  The pink print is unusual for a background, but I just love it. In terms of condition, the hand stitching is not great, but not bad either. It has never been washed, there are no stains or rips, and no weak or damaged fabric. There is a faint odor which is not an icky musty smell, but more like old cologne or talcum powder.  There is a little bit of raveling on the top and bottom edges, so I may replace those half blocks, and the size after pressing is quite a bit larger — (61″ x 80″).  One thing I’m extremely pleased about is the placement of the blocks. Sometimes on old zig-zag tops, the quilter neglects to line up the blocks horizontally, but Clara did a nice job on this top.

I am considering quilting this in the classic Baptist Fan pattern. I’ve always wanted to use it, and this seems like a good top for an all-over quilting pattern.



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