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Here's a peek at a lap quilt I purchased for $15.  Its dusty and dirty, and I can smell the dust in the air as I unfold it. 
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A friend told me--the pattern is called Jockey's Cap.   This one is a tied quilt. 

I started removing hand tied yard loops, and took out the backing herringbone binding stitches.  

More than a few minutes of handling the dust gave me a sinus headach--so I stopped.    I'll work on dismantling it again this spring when I can sit outside on the front porch.

My plan is to hand wash the top and backing separately.  I'll hand wash the backing first to see if the dark maroon is going to bleed lots of color.

I made some notes, pinned to the quilt--how I want to proceed--and thinking about adding a light weight stabilizer to the back of the quilt top after gentle handwashing and pressing.   I'll repair/reinforce all the seams that came apart.

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When finished--I'll take the quilt along with me to summer shows and display with a vintage machine of the same era.  

I see other photos (below) online of "Jockey's Cap pattern"  They all look so different, especially more modern versions of the same.  I love the Scrappy Ones!

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I have come across a lot of different quilts in my life, but never heard of the jockey's cap pattern before.  That's a neat idea.  You are a brave woman to take on saving and remaking old quilts!  I still have a quilt top of my mother's (flimsy only) that I have not dealt with.  I believe she sometimes auditioned a new quilt pattern on fabrics she had on hand without thought to the final result.  She had fabrics that I didn't care for but I have not had the heart to throw it away.  Some day I plan on doing something with it to make it lovable and get it sandwiched and quilted.  (I have had this in my house for over 20 years!)
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How wonderful to have a quilt made by your mother's hands. Priceless!
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I loved the first quilt, cream and burgundy with the jockey's cap pattern, it looks very good. What a lucky find, I don't know if I ever will sit down and make one from scratch. What a lucky find, most of the work is done. Dust and dirt can always be dealt with ;- )
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I like the interesting way this block is pieced with a center shape rather than the traditional "pie piece and cave".  

Fell on Iowa ice a few days ago and broke my left wrist.  Typing is slow and rather awkward with many typos.

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Phyllis, heal well.  Give it time, it will be worth it.
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Thank you, Mavis.
I consider myself lucky. I could have been much worse. I have not yet found a workaround so I can piece quilt tops. 
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Phyllis--so sorry to hear about your fall! Sounds painful. Hang in there.

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Piecing the Jockey Cap pattern looks difficult.

If I were recreating it, I think I did make it differently.

A cereal box circie template centered on a four patch.

Make the Cap circle into a turned applique.

Stitch applique to a second four square.

I know it's cheating, but I love hand applique work any way. Worth experimenting . . .



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Here's my experiment: Using 4" Squares

Fast Track Jockey Cap Tutorial - Using Applique Technique

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Make a circle template - using a bowl and cereal box 

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Using the cereal circle template - Draw line around circumference on a 4 patch block  Carefully, cut out fabric circle.

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Right side together, using a sacrifice square of fabric (the sacrifice fabric won't be seen in the finished block). 

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Machine stitch 1/4" around the circle.

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Carefully make an X incision in the sacrifice fabric.  Cut around the perimeter leaving 1/8"

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Turn applique right side out.  Use a chop stick inside--around the perimeter.  Careful pinch and press seam edge of the circle in place with fingers.  Finally, press jockey cap applique with an iron.

Pin applique on second 4-patch.  Centering should be easy using seam lines.  

At this point, you have the option to machine sew in place 1/16" from the edge, or using a decorative stitch would be fun too!  Or, you can hand applique the jockey cap applique to the 4 patch square.   

Took me 30 minutes to steal the cereal box from the kitchen,  grab a cereal bowl to trace around, and cut out a circle template and sew this Fast Track Jockey Cap block. 

Notice: I folded and scored the template twice to produce quarter sections.  Each time I folded-- I clipped the corner of the template.  Clipping the corner makes a nifty, accurately divided template. 

Thanks for looking at my work.




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I rather enjoy the challenge of machine piecing circles but appliqueing circles on squares will work well and, additionally, is portable.  What size is the block? 

Sizzix has a die for this block with a seam through the "tie" center.  
https://www.sizzix.com/660927/sizzix-bigz-pro-die-bow-tie-9-1-2-assembled

I enjoy improv piecing and this block should translate well. Something to try using a scissors this time instead of my cutter and ruler.

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The applique version--Fast Track Jockey Cap block is 7.5" square.  
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Thanks. I did not consider machine raw edge applique. Good idea. 
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I didn't use raw edge applique.
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You are correct!

I also read Chicken Scratch where they are making a Bull's Eye quilt. My agung brain mixed the two circle projects. Both appear to be fun.

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I like the old quilt pattern though. Doesn't it give a different effect when the square corners aren't there, but it over lapped or cut out by the jockey's caps? I've noticed you mentioned tied quilts Mrs. D, and I think this is the first one I have seen. It's the knot in the center of the caps in stead of the quilt stitcing?
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Yes. The vintage jockey cap quilt I posted is tied. I have never tied a quilt before. I wonder if the tie puts stress on it's original seams. Although being 80 years old--seams/threads breaking down are reasonable expectations.

Here's a creepy thought--it doesn't look like it was washed much as the maroon cap fabric and backing is smooth, no pilling. Its dust kinda of creeps me out.

I will stick with the Fast Track version to build a quilt like the original 1930-1940s one I posted.

I am a long arm free style quilter because I enjoy it more than an amusement park ride. Nothing like getting to the end of the ride and wanting to do it again. It's a thrill.


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Great Fast Track process, Mrs. D. Much better than a slow track! [wink]
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