Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Source Of My Inspiration....

When Lucy and I went to Paducah last year, we stopped at EVERY antique shop we could find! I'm not even sure which shop this quilt was in,but we both fell in love with it. It is heavily quilted with very wonky baptist fans....it has CHEDDAR...it has "normal" blocks and then blocks that really are colored strange...all the things that make a great quilt in my book! (Click the pic to see the large version, and enjoy the variety of blocks and fabrics!)

As I've been cutting for this, I started out thinking I wanted the 3 fabrics in each block...one blue, one coral/pink, and one neutral. As I pulled strips, I'd measure to slice the 2" strips into the pieces I'd need, and sometimes I'd come up short...so just like this quilt, I started substituting...I tried to put my mind in the place of the maker with a limited scrap bag.

I didn't put red where the blues are supposed to go..I stayed pretty much in the same color family, but some of the blocks, instead of having 4 pink rectangles that match, are only going to have 3 that match, and one odd one that is similar, and maybe use 2 lights for the background, etc..or 2 blues in the cross parts. I'm not sure how it will look, but this is what I'm aiming for!

Oh my...there are 1980 something heart prints that I'm using...(Hey, if it's over 20 yrs old, it's vintage, right?)I wasn't going to use them, was going to pass them by...but putting myself in the mind of the maker of this antique quilt, if that piece was in HER bag.....would she have used it? I have no doubt she would have. So I did too!

I just mailed off my Patches & Pinwheels quilt to Quiltmaker for the Sept/Oct 08' issue. Seems funny to be thinking of fall already, when it hasn't warmed up enough to be SPRING yet! Lucky for me they wanted a quilt that was already done. Got some other articles in the works for the future too...never a dull moment around here!


  1. I love the quilt! I am handquilting a quilt top that my great grandmother made. The fabrics match in most of the blocks but every so often you will see a block that has an odd patch in it, I guess she ran out of it and just used what she had. I love that look!

  2. Today is a GREAT day! You're alive with the spirit of the maker of the quilt and THAT is being IN SPIRIT. I dig it!!!

    And oh by the way, seriously... Patches and Pinwheels is probably an all time favorite. Excited about that one for REAL.

    Prefering Patches and Pinwheels with Love, *karendianne.

  3. Oh the orig is wonderful! But I can't wait to see yours!

  4. I love the color placement on this antique quilt. In the pic, it doesn't so much look cheddar as golden yellow. So fun to hear about what fabrics you're using and giving yourself permission to use. Whee, another quilt going off for a magazine - very exciting!

  5. Oh, I remember this quilt. And you're making it, how wonderful! Adore the cheddar or golden yellow.


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