Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quirky Old Quilt #5

I bought this quilt top many years ago when I was a new bee to the collecting world.  At the time I thought since it was all machine pieced that I would machine quilt it and it would be a (relatively) quick finish!  Well now some 15 years later it is still a top! HA!  Best layed plans....
Lots of large scraps organized into long bars top to bottom, all machine sewn, very practical! 
It's got lots of  great '40's - '50's printed fabs and some bark cloth, ginghams and even a few flannels.

I've always wondered about these two machine appliqu├ęd circles in the center?!  His and hers,  mom and dad,  newly weds?  or just to random patches?!

Here's a peek at the back, nice tidy seams!
A very cheerful quirky old quilt top!
Happy Sunday!
Cheers, CW

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Some donation quilts ready to go.

I was feeling really antsy 'cause I've been spinning my wheels a lot this summer and not getting anything really finished- finished.  So over the weekend in a burst of guilt and energy I got a bunch of things done.  Nothing fancy just basic quilts, but they will all make good donation quilts.
36" x 48"
I started this top last week when Randy came over to sew.  It's small so the top did not take long and since I was on a roll with this 'Finsh 'um up' thing;  I did!
 I know it seems kind of small for a donation quilt but this one will be donated to the Lap Quilts for Wheel Chair Bound Vets project.  This is the size they suggest.
I quilted this very simply by quilting X's in each patch,
 but since some of them were rectangles and some squares it made this interesting pattern on the back.  I kinda like it!
 I quilted this free hand on my long arm thus the squiggly lines.  Straight lines take a ruler or fence and a lot of time but I can quilt this style free hand,  it looks pretty good and it does not take much time at all.
I finished this top in July while visiting Randy and Lori before the Sister's show.  I got it quilted straight away after I got home and then stalled out on the binding!
50" x  57"
  What is it about bindings that make it so tedious?!  Do you have that problem?  I sure do!

Well I got a machine binding on it and done...finally!  I use this lovely floral flannel for the backing.  I really like to use flannel backings,  makes a quilt so much cozier!
45" x 55"  (after washing)
Next up;  is this yarn dyed bar quilt, which I started Before Sister's,  finished the top in July where it got stalled out in the 'waiting to be quilted stage'!  It's a wonder I get anything done the way I stall out! LOL
I washed this one after I finished it and I was shocked at how much it shrank!  I am going to have to rethink my no wash-before-sewing policy on these yarn dyed fabs!  I think it shrank at least 2-3 inches in each direction!  I will say these particular fabs were not the best quality = loosely woven.  That should have been my clue!
These quilts were all machine bound.  I've been experimenting with different ways to do this for a while.  What's you favorite Machine binding technique? Back to front, front to back etc?
Have a great rest of your week!
Cheers, CW

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Another Quirky Quilt

I bought this quilt about 6 years ago from my favorite Antique Vendor at the Sister's show. Their label dated this quilt at about 1920.  I think that would be the youngst this quilt might be.  To me it has a feel of more like 1900 +/-.  It was collected by them in Missouri.
It is an unusual set.  Kind of Baby blocks gone zig-zag?!
There're a wealth of indigos and mourning fabrics.  I think the baby block effect might have been partly muted because I'm pretty sure the background color of the spoted fabric that makes up the tops of the blocks was a fugitive color.  Maybe orange, yellow or green?!
Alot of the piecing is machine top stitched, very practical!
You can see the top of the blocks are crosshatch quilted and the sides are straight line quilted.  All the lines are about an inch or so apart.  Which is one reason why it is in such good shape!

Here you can see the cross hatching on the top of the blocks, you can even see the red dots through the batting!  Another clue that the colors were once much more vivid!
I often show this quilt in my Scrap Strategies class as an example of how there are miriads of ways to build and set scrappy units to make interesting and unusual quilts!
Have a great weekend!
cheers, CW