Vintage Nine-Patch Quilt Top

This scrappy quilt top was purchased last year on ebay.  It is entirely hand pieced with vintage dress fabrics (no feedsacks), and measures a generous 68″ x 86″ with finished squares measuring 1″.  I really like the random selection of prints and colors and, although I have spent a fair amount of time looking at this top, I have not discovered any “rules” that the maker followed when designing her top.  It appears to be completely unplanned, and I get the feeling that she just stitched her blocks and sashing out of whatever scraps she had on hand.  When she ran out of a particular fabric, she just moved on to another.  In checking the stitching on the back of the top, it’s obvious she also sewed elements together in a random fashion, with the top expanding in different directions and no continuous seams.

It’s hard to know what to do with this top.  Although the fabrics are in good condition, it bothers me that the construction is less than perfect with many seams that do not match (which would probably require an all-over quilting pattern).  I’m torn — there’s a part of me that wants to take the top apart and re-make it changing some of the things that bug me (those solid crosses, for instance) and fixing the alignment, or I could just quilt it the way it is and preserve all the little imperfections and idiosyncrasies.  What would you do?

Update:  Of course there’s a rule — I don’t know why I didn’t notice this before.  With the exception of one square (the green center in the pink cross), all of the cornerstone pieces are predominantly red or pink.

Vintage 9-Patch Quilt Top
hand pieced, unknown quilter
68″ x 86″

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