Friday, October 7, 2011

Older Quilt and New Top

I made this Triangle Quilt several years ago from a pattern in an Australian triangles (these are 1.25") and that Civil War line from Judie Rothermel, "Bits of Blue and Grey"!  Took forever to handquilt but am enjoying it on my living room wall.  Had to take it down to pin up the Medallion quilt top that I'm showing next.....only place in my house I could think of to do it!  Putting pins in plaster walls is a challenge .........the wallpaper is as far as the pin will go!

 I started this Medallion quilt last winter and it languished until August before I could get back to it.  Inspired by a quilt in Gwen Marston's "Liberated Quiltmaking II".  It was fun looking for my early 1800's reproductions and now have found that I need to have a new category for storage so I can find them more easily!!  And of course, I now want to make a larger one to fit my double bed!  One of my friends suggested that I just make this one bigger, but I think the Toile center is too small for a larger quilt.  I might make with random-length strip borders like this one and one with planned borders.....same fabric on all four sides!

My husband went to Fryeburg Fair today so I had time to myself this evening.....anytime I don't have to cook a meal is a Holiday for me!!
Hope you think I put the time to good use!!!

Crossroads to Texas

This fabric came mid-summer but I have been too busy/tired to update my hoping that all obligations will be done after the weekend of Oct 22/23 when I vend at my local PTQG chapter's quilt show!  Sure looking forward to Nov and hunkering down for the winter and some serious Me Time Sewing and Reading!  Crossroads has a wonderful Cheater (aka Printed Patchwork) as does many other collections recently.  Stay tuned and I will try to show you a collection of the cheaters I have accumulated in my shop!

Collections Comfort from Moda

More new reproduction fabric!  This one is Collections Comfort the 8th in a series of fabric lines based on antique quilts in the collection of Mark Dunn, owner of Moda Fabrics....this from an 1861 quilt from MA.  Did a wonderful job on the border fabric in photo #1!  Fabric is printed so that four 10" borders may be cut from one length!  I have recently seen an antique quilt in one of my many books with that large floral border, but I can't remember which book!  Don't you just love to look through books of old quilts?  I could spend way more time than I do if I didn't have Life tugging at me all the time!  Now I May have another fabric match here, but I won't know for sure until I go to New England Quilt Museum Oct 15 for our final gallery walk of the Maine Quilt Heritage show.  The fabric on bolt #3 down from the top in photo 2 seems very similar to the backing of my c.1825 Sawtooth Star!  Can't wait to check it out and will let you know if my memory has served me well.......or not!

Little Gatherings Backgrounds

These Little Gatherings from Primitive Gatherings are just right backgrounds for all those dark and medium fabrics I order too much of!!


Isn't this Begonia just beautiful!  Has been hanging on my shop porch all summer but really came back to life when the weather cooled!  I take it inside at night but now we have a stretch of 70 degree days coming, prolonging that first frost that I dread!  May try to overwinter this plant by cutting back and storing in the cellar.

Lately Arrived from London and a Fabric Match!

Lately Arrived from London by Barbara Brackman has arrived!  And a gorgeous line it is!  And guess what!  The backing on one of my late 19th century Log Cabin quilts is the same pattern design as one of hers (#8192 Charming Betsy) though mine is pink.  I bid on this quilt at auction because I loved the backing!  Had already won one log cabin and wasn'tlooking for another until they showed us the back!