I was given this quilt top by my friend Carla. It is believed to have been machine-pieced by Elizabeth Ginder of Bethlehem Pa, in the 1930's or 40's. When Carla gave it to me to complete I thought that it was way too pink and a pattern that I would never have chosen. But the more I looked at it, the more potential I saw. I thought it deserved to be completed and loved by someone (Elizabeth put a lot of work into it).
Well to start off, I decided to machine wash it because there were a few small stains on it as well as a musty/moldy odor. Big Mistake - the stains did not come out, and I was horrified to find that when I started to machine quilt it, some of the brown fabric disintegrated. Now I decided to do my research on repairing antique quilts (better late than never, but maybe not so in this case). I was surprised that it was the brown fabric that had the problem, since it looked more sturdy than the others. I was lucky to find a similar brown in my stash and was able to patch the problem. You would have to look very closely to notice the repair.
I finished the quilt; it is still very pink, but it is really pretty and has a lot of character. Nice job Elizabeth!
I am happy to donate Vintage Pink Churn Dash to the Capital Quilters Guild Heritage Day Auction. The quilt auction is being held October 2nd, at Oakwook Park, Raleigh NC, with proceeds going to help military families.