Some things will NEVER quilt out.
And that’s okay!
Some tops were never meant to be completed into tops, they were just something to occupy the maker’s time before things like internet and television and lives that are always go go go go go.
In the case of this top, pieced with fabrics from the 1950s-1960s –it is well loved and honored just as it is.
A testament to the work of a grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s love of needle, fabric and thread.
Sometimes magazine or newspaper patterns were NOT all that accurate.
Sometimes it has to do with not marking a seam allowance and eyeballing where to sew.
Lumpy and Bumpy happens…but if these pieces could talk! If the stitches could sing to us the song of a life time of caring for children, husband, family, grandchildren, what a story they would tell!
Turquoise and bright green against purple with some red thrown in.
I like how she chose her colors!
The whole shebang!
These quilts were brought to our last day’s workshop at the Vermont Quilt Festival, and rather than cramming them in with all of the other show and share photos and class photos, I saved them for today.
They needed to be shared by themselves, and though I don’t know much about the makers themselves, this is their day to shine instead of being tucked away in a closet, drawer, box or cupboard.
A whole lot of love of stitching went into this whole cloth!
And did you see the prairie points??
Check out the reverse side:
Hours and hours and hours of stitching time. This may have been a kit, we are unsure, but she believes it dates from the 1930s or so.
9 patches on point, sashed!
As much as I love to use cornerstones in my sashing to keep things aligned and add an extra design element, I love how these simple 9 patches are just floating there on the surface. This is a 19th century quilt.
Faintly pink sashing! So sweet!
And all of the 9 patches have pink centers.
Into every scrap quilt a maverick must fall!
LOVE this bright blue block! It shouts “Look at me! here I am! Life can not be solely about BROWN!”
Someone fell off the Drunark’s Path!
What a fun setting for a quilt when you don’t want to make MORE blocks! I’ve never seen a Drunkard’s Path layout like this…but look at all of the blocks and find the “variations”.
What a way to stick it to the Temperance Movement!
What will our quilts tell about US 70, 80, 100 years from now?
I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see!
I spent all of yesterday doing mostly this:
Mind numbing text.
By the time I looked up from dealing with this one pattern all day, it was after 8pm, I hadn’t had dinner and last night’s blog post went out the window.
I couldn’t physically write anything anymore. I had to get AWAY from the keyboard!
So I did this:
Making step-outs for my taping in Colorado!
Do you know what step-outs are? You know when you have a cooking show, and they can’t show the entire process, they will have the dish in several different stages? Here is the saute part, and here is the going into the oven part – but because you can’t sit there and wait 45 minutes for it to actually bake, presto-chango, here comes a different “DONE” model out of the oven?
Step-outs are like that. I need to show the system of making each block with block units partially made so we can see how these go together.
You can tell here I’m making Wild & Goosey, and it is going to take several progressive block parts to show the system of how to make ONE block.
I need to do this for all six of the online workshops –so my evening time is spent stepping out, while my day time is spent writing like a crazy woman.
I’ll be working on step-outs during tomorrow evening’s Quilt-Cam!
So if evening blog posts are few and far between over the next few weeks while I kick this out, just know that I am busy behind the scenes and life will EVENTUALLY get back to normal.
Is it Wednesday already??