Retreats and Florida vacation, oh my!
Here’s one of my flea market bargains, finished! It measures about 32 x 39 inches and I’m amazed how great it looks quilted. The sewing is very “off” and several blocks were trimmed in the process of squaring it up for binding. Even with puckered seams and unusual fabric, I love how it looks! I finished it with some very old chambray fabric from my pre-quilting stash. This would make a great little play mat or mini picnic quilt. In case you’re wondering, I paid 50 cents for the unfinished quilt top!
I’m linking up with A Stitch in Time for a February finish.
Yes,Orlando was wonderful and we had a great time enjoying the sunshine and walks around the lake. My son likes to grow a beard for Florida “winters”! We visited a couple nice quilt shops, too.
Now that taxes, laundry and mail are caught up, I can get back to LAQ. The next one is big. The backing fabric uses every inch of my leaders!
Thanks for visiting! Linda
Last November, I spent a weekend with my sisters. We foraged through Marge’s closet and found lots of fun stuff! One of the finds was a cheater quilt that Marge had hoped to hand quilt. As you know, I’ve been collecting “vintage” tops to finish on my longarm. Just what I need, more UFOs!
Here’s the quilt finished and bound before washing and drying. I did not pre-wash the fabrics because I wanted to wash and dry the quilt for the wrinkly, antique look.
Here’s the quilt after washing. Every flower center is quilted with a different design. That was the fun part for me! I challenged myself to get out rulers, that I never use, to create a fill pattern. I enjoyed doing freehand feathers the most and had to refrain from putting a feather in each one!
I love it! It’s going to be very hard to give this quilt back to Marge!
Every flower block is outlined and echoed, which gives lots of texture. The petals and leaves puff out giving it the impression of applique.
The binding is a dark gold Kona cotton. I love it! Thanks for looking! Linda
I’m linking with A Stitch In Time for a January 2013 finish.
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On a recent shopping adventure, my quilting buddy, Candace and I found this twin size quilt top. It’s in great condition, totally hand pieced and sweet! I might have to find someone to date the fabric in this quilt. Some of it feels and looks like feed sack fabric. The framed 9-patch block with the solid block is a great layout, and even though it’s “vintage” it has a very modern feel.
Aren’t these fabrics great!? Now that I’ve collected several vintage quilt tops, I need to schedule some time to finish them. This will be a fun quilt to play with the big white areas!
Check out Coloradolady: Vintage Thingie Thursday for other vintage finds!
UPS just brought me a 65 pound bundle of joy! Stay tuned for the full reveal next week!!!
Have a great weekend! Linda
My Great Granny Square blocks are done! So they are off to the side waiting to be sewn into a flimsy.
Here’s one of my flea market finds. While it’s not a traditional vintage quilt, it’s a great example of a frugal quilter using everything in her arsenal to make a quilt.
In fact, it’s not too far off one of the quilts I photographed at the AQS quilt show in Des Moines last week.
The quilter used orphan blocks and scraps to design this quilt. I love both of them!
Here’s the rest of my vintage fabric pile!
And my favorite purchase is an orange Fire King mug!! If it’s orange I love it!
And apparently, I loved it when I was 12! Guess who’s got the orange purse and shoes!
Thanks for looking! Check out Judy at Patchwork Times for other Design Wall Monday projects.
I decided to link to The Coloradolady: Vintage Thingie Thursday
Here’s the full reveal of the vintage quilt from this post. Most of the nine patch blocks were hand pieced by Sandy’s friend who is 93. She started the blocks years ago (during her 40′s!) and Sandy is helping her finish it. Does it remind you of today’s improv and modern quilts?
Here’s the coordinating bed runner. The little pinwheel blocks are not pieced but fussy cut from the fabric. They fooled me the first time I looked at them. What’s really great about finishing this quilt is that she plans to use it! She’ll finally get to sleep under it. Once again, I was honored to be part of getting this project done.
Do you have an vintage unfinished quilt in your closet? What’s the story behind it?
Thanks for looking! Linda