A Visit To The Way-Back Machine

Over Thanksgiving we visited my parents in rural Colorado. Their house is full of quilts they have very kindly accepted over the course of my quilting career. I thought to share a few from the way-back machine.

This one is very early. Not labeled, but it has to be one of the first few I made, probably about 1999 (First quilt was 1998). Throw size. Tied. Rough binding. But, my mother loves it. She says it is her favorite of all I have ever given them.

This one is a little later. Sometime between 2000-2002. A friend did the handquilting, which I love. I had fun with the pillow shams. It was on one of the upstairs guest beds.

This is the original Calico Rose Quilt, which I did as a quiltalong in 2015. It is holding up well to use and was on the bed we usually sleep in when we visit.

One of the funniest things about my mother is that she only leaves quilts on the beds if she deems the guests capable of caring for and respecting the quilts. Otherwise they are put away and replaced with comforters or bedspreads. I am glad to see one on the bed I sleep in when I arrive. Hopefully next trip there will be different quilts in rotation and I’ll share them then.

Small Rectangles FINISHED

This one was a while coming, just because it is a lot of cutting. The good news is it is all scraps (not that you can tell by looking at the scrap bins).

It is based on THIS BLOCK, but uses rectangles cut at 2″x 3-1/2″. Eighteen of them per block.

There are 110 blocks in all and it finishes at about 90″ x 99″.

It doesn’t have a home yet, but I love just looking at it for now. So cheerful.

Jelly Roll Discovery FINISHED (and mini tutorial)

I found the idea in a book and made a baby quilt version some time ago.

There were good intentions of doing a quilt along, but that just isn’t happening right now. Better to share the finish, than hope for change soon.

But, if you have a jelly roll laying around, this might just be the idea.

SO, here is a mini-tutorial: Each block finishes at 10″ square. The sashing is cut at 2-1/2″ and the outside border at 3-1/2″. It finishes at approximately 64″ square. It will be gifted to a teacher friend this week. Seems like she could use a lift and this cheerful quilt might be just the thing.

Faire And Square Complete

This quilt started as inspiration based on a favorite sweater of mine.

There are a total of nine block styles and each finished at 6″.

Perhaps the unique idea was making the setting triangles from different colors of fabric.

I like the texture it gives.

The quilt finishes at 70″ square.

Second Chance Quilt: Four Blocks That Grew A Lot

Can four blocks, even fairly large ones (18″) make a quilt?

Well, they will need some help. In this case I used a simple 6″ block that could be repeated and serve as a sort of background and filler, while adding texture and interest. It uses 1 2-1/2″ square for the center and 2- 2-1/2″ squares and 2 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ strips to round it out. They go together really quickly.

Then a small stop border and a wider (3″ finished) outside border.

And, before you know it, you’ve got a quilt.

The minkee backing was chosen by the new owner. Those blocks were just waiting for the right idea to turn into a great couch-cuddle quilt. Thanks to Susan for sending them my way.

Maybe you have a few blocks laying around. Give them another look and a second chance. They just might be ready to grow into a complete quilt.

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