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Here’s the before and after pictures of my newly finished fan quilt. I bought 15 hand pieced fan arcs last year at a flea market for a few dollars. You can see that the size varied. I ended up making a new fan template to make them the same size. The original fabrics are circa 1940s and many appear to be feedsack fabrics. I hand appliquéd them on the background and handquilted it. It’s a lap quilt size — 48” x 57”. Love the mix of prints!

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Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on May 12, 2020 at 4:31pm

It's beautiful!!

Comment by Pam/NY on May 7, 2020 at 5:42am

I love this quilt! Great quilting as usual. I also like to rescue old quilts.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 5, 2020 at 4:56pm

Thank you for the kind words! I love rescusing old quilt pieces, blocks, and unfinished tops and bringing them to completion. The “ghost” quilting idea came from the book Grandma’s Quilting Bee, where a featured fan quilt was quilted in this manner. I love the mix of prints in these fans. Somehow they work together. 

Comment by Barb/WI on May 5, 2020 at 4:49pm

Congratulations on this beautiful quilt!  Love the way you did the quilting.  You really did those vintage fans justice.  What a vision.  

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on May 4, 2020 at 2:57pm

That really is beautifully done!

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 4, 2020 at 7:53am

Beautiful save of some older fans. I love the ghost fans quilted in the plain setting blocks (negative space).

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 4, 2020 at 6:06am

Very pretty. It's amazing what you can find at flea markets. I love the quilting. 

Comment by Janet/MO on May 4, 2020 at 5:55am

It is beautiful.  I love how you find these treasures and do something fabulous with them.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 3, 2020 at 6:56pm

She's a beauty!  I left a longer comment in the hand quilting group.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 3, 2020 at 4:43pm

This turned out lovely! I love how you quilted a shadow of each fan on the plain blocks.

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