Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Time-Warp Stars and Doll Quilts

Actually was caught up by Sunday by did not have time to post!  Probably spent too much time chasing around the internet to see everyone else's Stars!  

White Ground Chintz

Blotch Ground Chintz

Fancy Machine Grounds



Here are two doll quilts I made a few years ago, but are still Favorites of mine.  First one is made with "Dargate Botanicals" by Margo Krager  (blocks) and the sashing/border is "Sisters" by Mary Koval, both for Windham.




This is a copy of a baby quilt from "Small Endearments" by Sandy Fox.  Mine is a smaller version of the baby quilt from first quarter 19th century.  The toile in the center is from "The Rising Sun" collection.......Smithsonian with RJR Fabrics in the mid 1990's.




Found some antique fabric hexagons in one of my boxes of vintage/antique fabrics  that were sewn in a row so I thought I would take them apart to make something more useful.  Wish I had taken a photo of the "Before" as they really looked quite nice.  When I took them apart, they are all sizes and shapes....amazing that they looked fine when sewn in row!!  I found a old metal window template made decades ago by Roy Daniels that is just the right size.  I have drawn the sewing lines and will sew them together just for a little tablemat...may have to add a few from my stash if there aren't enough.



Three colorways of the same fabric.



 See how there is extra fabric on one side?


And if you have stayed with me this far.................................
 I have another Giveaway ready!  I am trying to "downsize".....I really am!  Own too much Stuff!!   I have a huge box of small fabric samples accumulated over the years of owning a shop, since "back in the day" when ordering was done without internet.......yes, there was life before the Internet!!  I have filled a postal box with them and have enough to fill several more....will try to do one every month or sew!  If you are in need (or want!) of small pieces for your scrap quilts, just leave a comment and you will be in the running for a random drawing!


Talking about "back in the day" reminded me of something else I wanted to mention..........found this photo on Facebook and it just shows that there was life before clothes dryers too!!!  I do not own a dryer.....love my laundry dried in the fresh outdoors!  Of course, during the preceding LONG winter, I could not get to my clothesline for a few months.........so I used drying racks in a spare bedroom.....even have the huge rack that belonged to my great-grandmother who lived from 1870-1958 and I cherish it because it was hers!!


Now off to find some "Woodblock" print fabrics for this week's Time Warp Stars with Barbara Brackman!!  Check out other folks' stars and learn some history at the same time here.

42 comments:

  1. thanks for showing your star blocks...i was a bit perplexed about the different backgrounds....and lovely little quilts, the first with the Xs is my fave! and of course, enter me for the drawing; i'll squeeze them in someplace!

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    1. Remember your questions about the backgrounds until you next visit the shop and we will talk about them!!!

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  2. I remember helping my mother pin clothes on the clothesline! As a child I loved that bucket of clothespins--wish I had it now!
    They were the plain kind--no springs.

    I would love to win your bitty pieces--fabric scraps are my jewels!

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    1. You just reminded me that I have a basket of Mom's old clothespins in my attic! When we cleaned out her home that she so dearly loved, I could not bear to toss them out! (And a Few Other Things Too!)

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  3. Me! I want your scraps, love your beautiful oldies but goodies.

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    1. As much as I love the new fabrics, I find myself going through the Oldies But Goodies a lot of the time! Have one Favorite from the 90's that I found in my Mom's collection that I meant to put on the blog....will try to remember to do it next time and see if it is a Favorite of anyone else's!!

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  4. If your lovely extras come to me, could I have a mini lesson on starting my miniature quilts??? Please please.

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  5. Would love to have the scraps. Some will work for hexagons. Your stars are wonderful. Nancy P.

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    1. I would say the smallest samples are 2" but many are larger than that! Might find some nice fussy-cutting things too!

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  6. And in the winter they freeze dry!

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  7. I love seeing what fabrics you're using for the chintz stars. It's been a challenging group for me. Great photo of hanging the wash. It's the way I grew up doing the laundry. I admit like using the dryer to get it all done quickly, but I do like the smell of sheets after they've dried outside. Thanks for the chance to enjoy your scraps!

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  8. Oh how I wish I had a clothesline! We have too many pine trees around our house and get so much yellow dust on everything. I love scrappy quilts and would love to win your fun box of scraps!

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  9. Would lovecto win some scraps for making small quilts!

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  10. Would love some of your scraps for my hexi quilt. Great fabrics in your doll quilts. I still hang out our clothes in the summer. My daughter thinks I'm nuts.

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  11. Hi Cyndi,
    l would love a chance to win the scraps from your stash! Thanks for the chance.

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  12. You did an excellent job on your star blocks.
    How many minis could a mini maker make if a mini maker won that box?
    Just had to throw in that quilty version of a tongue twister. : )

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  13. Waving my hand for a chance at the scraps, too, please!
    I put in time hanging laundry, starting with helping my grandmother when I was still too small to reach the clothesline. (She let me hold the clothespins bag and hand her the pegs. I'm sure it took twice as long when I was 'helping' her...)

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  14. I love scraps too! Love those mystery scrap quilts!
    Let's share....

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  15. Thank you for the giveaway, work with scraps a lot.
    Love your stars and doll quilts. You have made a lot of stars.
    I still dry my clothes on the clothlines, summer outside and winter inside. I love the feeling of it.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  16. You did a fantastic job on your stars. I've been guessing at the fabric I am using, but am still having fun learning about all the different chintz. I love scraps!
    Cute little quilts too, the sashing is sweet!!

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  17. Your Stars are looking great and I love the little Crib quilt with the Toile. I remember the old washing line and the pole to get it up in the wind and how the sheets would flap and crack loudly.

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  18. Wonderful stars with all those chintzes! The two doll quilts were the most fun to see for all the fabrics, thanks for sharing them here. I think that it was lonelier before the internet!

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  19. Not sure if this is a repeat;
    I use my clothesline often and love sleeping under fresh sheets

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    1. OK if it is a repeat! Just hung out my sheets today....and airing 3 quilts in addition to the regular laundry!

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  20. I wish I could have a clothes line. The condo association has banned them.
    Would love to win your scraps - I make doll quilts and other small quilts.
    Thanks for making it possible to share your scraps.I am always looking for small pieces.

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  21. Cyndi, love your little X quilt with the Mary Koval border. Not sure I would have the patience to un-stitch little hexagons. Looking forward to see how you re-purpose them. Your little scraps would be a lovely addition to my little scraps. Judy

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  22. So much fun to see your time warp stars, and some of those older repro treasures. That Dargate botanicals quilt is really striking. Reminds me of some of the early 19th century Dutch quilts.

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  23. What quilter doesn't love scraps, and older scraps at that. The photo of the laundry hanging outside reminds me of my mother. She always had a clothesline and I would use the clothespins to make little dolls.

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  24. Wish I would have found the dargate fabrics as a collection, when they first came out!! Have found a piece or two, here and there. The doll quilt is delightful!! Love your stars--good balance of lights and darks.

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  25. Love the little doll quilt with the toile center. It gives me some ideas and I have a few toiles stashed away somewhere. Time to go searching.

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  26. Never enough small scraps! With Barbara I complete the knowledges on fabrics! Right now I look France white and black SHIRTINGS and I can not find one! Fortunately my friends who had me give a few scraps!
    I'm away I do not know if I have the right to play!
    I love your little quilts I sew doll quilts me also
    Friendship. Evelyne

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  27. I will help you out by taking your cast-off fabric! My sewing room still has room...on the floor, but still...! Anything to help out a friend!

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  28. I would love to win your scraps! I'm in the middle of reorganizing my sewing space and I am positive I could find them a happy home in my stash or in my next scrap quilt. Thanks for the chance!

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  29. I would love to win your fabric Cyndi. I am always in awe when I enter your shop, so can't imagine any I wouldn't like. Will be great for my interest in small quilts lately.
    Your picture of the lady doing laundry brought back some wonderful memories for me of doing laundry with my Grammie with her wringer washer. She would wash the clothes with rain water that she would catch then skim off the bugs, and I was always on the other end of the wringer after they were washed; then on to the rinse water.

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  30. It would be such a treat to have a little of your stash to make a small quilt for my wall of quilts that I aim to have one day. Thanks for the opportunity, such fun!

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  31. I love scrap quilts. Would love to win a box. Thank you so much for the chance.

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  32. Your stars are gorgeous! Amazing how that hexagon strip would even go together being so far off, but you will make it into something wonderful. I absolutely LOVE photos and paintings of laundry hanging on the line. Not sure why, but I just love that image! Don't enter me in the drawing - I have way too much too!

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  33. Would love the chance to add older fabrics to my collection, thank you

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  34. Wendy in NH
    Always admired your little toile Small Endearments quilt. If anyone is looking for that book, copies are available for 35$ at nantucketcountryantiques.com.

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  35. I would love a chance to win the small scraps. I too love to dry clothes on the line. There is nothing better than sheets dried on the line.....they smell so great.

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  36. Hi Cyndi - love your blog and would love to win one of your boxes of scraps! My favorite quilts are scrappy mixed with appliqué.

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