Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Applique update

I'm working on block number 31! Yay! I did a layout in EQ and decided I needed 41 to make a queen sized quilt, with even more for the end triangles, and corners... My problem is that I'm going to run out of the red fusion floral, even though I had yards of it. I searched the local shops with no luck and ordered two packages off the internet, one wasn't a good match, the other has yet to come. I want to bind it in red also, so I'm hoping this next package will do it. Otherwise, I go to plan B , which I haven't devised yet. I don't want a smaller quilt, so I'm hoping this will work. The white is Kona white which I buy in bolts from JoAnns with their coupons. Love those coupons!
On another note, I took three quilts to a quilter last Sunday. I gave up on ever getting my backlog done myself. I'll feel good when the backlog is cleared up and I can make tops with a clear conscience! I've ordered several books from Amazon and I am geared up to clean the stash. The babysitting keeps me from doing anything but handwork right now which is why I hope to have this top done soon!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cutter quilts I won't cut

Years ago (about 20) I picked this quilt up in a thrift store... I was attracted to it's tiny triangles which are about 1 1/4 inches on a side, and the pink and green which I absolutely love. It was labeled a cutter quilt, but I won't do that, I value and respect the workmanship of tiny triangles, hand piecing and hand quilting. It was never a museum quilt, but somehow it speaks to me. I really really want to make a copy of this someday.. perhaps soon! At first glance this quilt looks pretty random but when you really inspect it, you would find that it was planned out perfectly. It would be easy to copy but time consuming... I think I should do it! Twenty years of wanting to is enough isn't it? I think the printed fabrics are 30s or 40s, and the pink, green and white are solids. That too is my cup of tea, combining prints and solids in antique reproductions. I hope you appreciate this as much as I do. Someone added satin blanket binding to the top and bottom and there are some holes, but for five dollars, it's a real charmer. When I bought this I did all hand piecing, but now, I'll have to machine piece. I'm over the hand piecing! ha!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September 11

September 11

I thought I'd share a little wall hanging I made after 2001. How many remember that it was a Tuesday that year? How many remember the year? How many remember the shock we felt to be attacked? I'm not a political person, but as a quilter of the last century documented her life and times in her quilts, I felt the need to embroider these simple words on my red, white and blue wall hanging. I believe I got the pattern from the internet somewhere. Perhaps the Jinny Beyer site? That I don't really remember, but when I went to work that morning, I found out that one of my friends' college roommates worked in the towers. Simply putting this on this quilt means that future generations will remember too.
Quilters will always remember their lives through their quilts. I think we should document our lives more often in our quilts. Email has pretty much insured that we won't leave any actual letters behind! Sign your quilts with a story of who, what, why, where, and when. Leave a legacy.