Tuesday, July 8, 2014

More Charm Quilts/Medallion Progress

Hexagons are a favorite pattern for a charm quilt......these are a bit elongated.  
Lots of interesting fabrics in this one....love the cat in the basket!
Nice Bird!  Upside down in the quilt and I did not notice to turn it!

We see that bright blue used in many quilts here in New England.  Pattern also came with red flowers or tan flowers.
At first glance, it looked like a duplicate of the blue but the patterns are different!

I think the floral at the top (next to the blue) was reproduced by Judie Rothermel about 25 years ago!  Hers was blue/tan and can't remember the name of the line but think it had "Blueberries"?  Anyone remember?

Here is that fabric again in the red flowers.....think it may have been Hamilton Mills in MA. late 19th century.
Nice Sunflower!
A little cherub next to red/blacks, also popular late 19th century.

What a nice selection of florals all in a row!!
1000 Triangles are another favorite choice for Charm Quilts.
This quilt has a lovely border....would love to have flowers like that for our broderie perse quilts!!

Looks like a cheater fabric made it into the quilt and look what it is next to....there's that bright blue again!

More Hexagons....this time someone with a deep, old scrap bag....you will see what I mean as you scroll down.....
Darling "Conversational" kittens and mice!
What's this?  1920-30's thrown into the mix!

Just noticed that I took over 200 photos of the charm quilts so there are lots more to go!  Am saving my Favorites for last!  Bet you can guess what those are!!!! 

 Below is some progress on my Hewson Medallion.....another round of triangles.  Next round is a plain fabric and then it is Sawtooth Stars....36 of them.....I'll be making stars for a while!  Love making them and have several fabric combinations picked out so I can sew whenever I have a few minutes!! Am using the rectangle/square method for the flying geese star point units which gives me lots of Half-Square triangle units for something mini in my future!

I love Medallions and have a couple more ideas I want to try.  Sorry the quilt looks like it has border already on the right.....I don't have a design wall so had to pin it to a hanging quilt for the photo.....maybe I should learn to crop photos (if I could corral a grandchild long enough!).  There!  Granddaughter showed me how to crop .....so easy I should have figured it out myself!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Charm Quilts #4, New Book. New Fabric

More charm quilts from New England Quilt Museum exhibit that ends July 6.  Next up will be Rhode Island Quilts which I expect will have some early quilts!  This is  beautifully planned concentric diamonds.  Quilt contains a variety of light 19th century and very early fabrics.

This is the center
What a variety of shirtings!  At first glance, it looks like two triangles are the same blue stripe.....but a closer look and they Are Different!  Love that shade of blue on the white!  I think I have more closeups of this quilt taken on an earlier visit....will look for them.

Another Octagon!  Lots of red, popular in the late 19th century!  And, quite a few "Neons" as we call them today, but maybe called Illuminaries back in the day.
"Neon" closeups....bright grren and purple on black.  Barbara Brackman did a fabric line of "Neons" a few years back called "Ragtime".

Lots of Triangles in the Pennsylvania quilts.....more than one had a center of solids as does this one.

I remember this pattern being used as a project handout for some quilt fabric line many years ago......might even have been "Colorworks" by VIP/Cranston in 1990 that was my first whole collection purchase.......let me know if you think my memory needs help!!!

See the two red checks....nearly the same but one smaller than the other. We observed that these two red checks were in several of the PA quilts......results of swapping among friends and just something popular at the store?

From a distance, these two fabrics looked the same, but they are not!

Lots of handquilting in the border...............

New Fabrics in the shop!  "Through the Winter Woods" by Holly Taylor for Moda.  Love her nature designs and will always buy fabric with pine cones, pine needles, berries because they "speak" to me!
While I specialize in antique reproduction fabrics, customers seem to really like the eyecatching panels by Holly Taylor.....nice to make a quick gift!
Now some reproductions!A Civil War reproduction collection, Shenandoah Valley ca. 1850-1870 by Nancy Gere, features all of the classic mid-nineteenth century motifs, including a large floral, coordinating calicos and foulards, waving wheatgrasses and a serpentine stripe. The deep colors of navy, burgundy and purple are lightened with picotage and tan grounds. Mining a library of vintage scraps, Nancy Gere has delivered a collection of stunning beauty for the reproduction enthusiast. 

Serpentines are always a favorite whether used for sashing, randomly placed in quilt blocks or fussy-cut for Hexagons.........
The large floral is wonderful for backgrounds, alternating blocks in a quilt top, sashing, or borders for an antique look.

 And this is my new book!  Had been perusing online.....have a laptop in my shop now and it is probably a bad move as I spend a lot of time online.....this book comes from NinePatchStudio.com.  Kathie Ratcliffe makes the most gorgeous miniature quilts!  Amazing and meticulous design, construction and color!  You can visit her website here.   

Last but not least, strawberries are now in season!  This was actually taken June 15 and we are still in full swing!  I make Biscuits and then top with crushed berries and whipped cream......good thing I only do this once in a while!!  I have a new favorite recipe that makes Light, Delicious and Quick Biscuits....found the recipe in one of those little papers that come with the daily newspaper.  Uses only 2 ingredients:  2 cups self-rising flour and 1 cup cream.   That's it!  Make and bake as with any biscuit recipe.

More charm quilts and More new fabrics next time and maybe I will finally get photos of some of those WIP's and the patriotic Tablerunner I made today for one of my granddaughters.  Wish I could finish it today but it is too Hot to sew!