I wrote last night about using these vintage bow tie pieces to cut the corner triangles for my APQ Quilt Along blocks.
WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
These fabrics are approximately 100 years old.
And I wasn’t thinking clearly.
I wasn’t thinking what would happen with very old starched fabrics that have been sitting for a century untouched.
Cutting them and sewing them and pressing them seemed okay until:
After this brittle block bit the dust – I started checking the other bowties to see if they were as fragile.
If a fabric can’t take the tug and pull test, I’m not going to use it:
At this point I was mortified because I had already made a handful of blocks using the vintage fabrics. And I stopped right there.
These vintage fabrics are for studying, petting, drooling over -- but not for sewing with.
Irene felt my pain and immediately pulled out her box of pre-cut squares for me to use instead:
I need squares in pairs to get the 4 triangles I need per block!
I did bring a ton of these!
And the block construction goes on!
If you are not settled on a quilt yet for for APQ Quilt-Along – it just has to be something with 4 patches! This is the same unit that is in my quilt 4 Patch Revisited from my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders:
See them on point in the center?
This quilt also uses 4 paches in the inner border, and for the strip across the top. There are so many things you can do with 4 patches!
4 Patch X from More Adventures with Leaders & Enders Qualifies!
As does Narragansett Blues, also from MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders!
No, a quilter can never have too many 4 patches!
It’s just getting light outside. The house is quiet and I’m taking care of some email and computer stuff before Irene wakes up and we get this day going. There will be loads of time for sewing more 4 patches, but also for exploring San Antonio, hitting some quilt shops, and maybe an antique mall or two!
This day is ours to play – tomorrow is a Texas Tumbeweed workshop with the Greater San Antonio Quilters!
Have a fun Thursday, Y’all!