Found this 96x105 hand pieced & quilted treasure today in West Jefferson just up the road a piece It definitely needed a better home ... like mine for now.
I have only spotted one tiny flaw in the whole quilt. I have asked for more information on this quilt. So far, I know it belonged to a woman in Blowing Rock, NC. It was literally purchased off her bed by the ladies at a local miniature auction/emporium type shop about 6 weeks ago. The purchaser, also a Linda, thinks the quilt was made in Scotland but that is not yet confirmed.
I priced the longarming at a modest rate for custom SID (Stitch in the Ditch) at $485. I have only done minimal SID on my longarm but enough to know it is not easy & very tedious. Add fabric & piecing labor & the price goes up and away. The quilt design is as special as the hand work--Red, White & Blue theme with stars and (rail fence) stripes. There are 17 star blocks & 18 rail fence blocks outlined by a unique zig-zag border. Three borders top & bottom and four borders on the sides finish off the quilt top design. Only 8 fabrics are used--4 blue, 3 red and 1 yellow. I do not know how to even describe the batting which is at lease twice as thick as Warm & Natural with very nice drape. It doesn't have loft persay. Even my homespun fabric with wool batting is not as thick. The weight is not from the batting but just the size of the quilt. I slept under it last night (temps were in the 60's here in the mountains) & was very comfortable.
July 2015: Finished my Stars & Strips quilt inspired by this one. No comparison but each has its charm.
March 18, 2016: I decided many months ago to give this to Joan Taylor knowing she would really appreciate the workmanship. See her comment below. Today I met Joan in nearby Wilkesboro for a fabric & quilt swap. Too large to ship, I passed this on to her in person.