Crazy Quilt Top

What to do with those curtains?
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Following the advice of Susan and others, I settled on Option #1: Just square them up and stitch them together.

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First, I picked out the hem and all edges, removing the hanging sleeve, which was not part of the pieced unit.

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Then, while ironing, I scanned for loose seams and holes.  I marked them with a pin as I found them.

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There were a few, but not too many, all things considered.  There is some fading, but not as much as you might expect, considering that they hung in windows for years.

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After considering options, I decided to mend them in the manner my grandmother probably would have, using a sort of darning type look.  We’ll all pretend it is decorative stitching, which belongs on a crazy quilt, right?! (Pretend, too, that the picture isn’t fuzzy.)

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Squaring up was where it got scary–I have to cut this?

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But, when there is no other way, one must do what needs to be done.  And it was worth it.  The seaming isn’t as obvious as I thought it would be.

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And the whole thing looks pretty good.

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My original estimate of “pieced in the 1960s or 1970s is probably wrong.  Looking at the fabric, I don’t see fabric that modern.  There is no polyester knit, which my grandmother was not shy about using in a quilt. It probably was more like the 1950s. My father doesn’t remember.

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This fabric has already been in service for a long time, but I do think it will be a good quilt.  Finished top is 83″ x 86″.  I hope to quilt it sometime in the next few weeks.

 

Vintage Crazy Quilt Curtains

My grandmother (Mary Emma–father’s mother) made these curtains sometime in the 60s or 70s.  I can still vaguely remember them hanging in a bedroom window at her house.

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They are in quite good condition.

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She foundation pieced before it was popular.

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Each curtain is about 40″ square.  I could make 4 baby quilts, but they will not probably get used that way.

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My thought is to combine them somehow into a larger quilt.

  1. Just square them up and stitch them together.
  2. Cut into smaller blocks and sort of mix and match.
  3. Put narrow sashing between the smaller blocks (1″ so there are no seam allowances).
  4. Put them away and think about it for another 5-10 years.

I really don’t like option #4.  Suggestions?

Wedding Gift

It might seem like a small thing, but the young couple is moving to California, where there are no plastic bags.  A set of shopping bags is a practical gift that will help them get started.
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Decorative Pot Pincushion

After the success of yesterday’s pincushion, I wanted to try another one.

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This was another decorative pot.  The plant that was in this one outgrew the space and lives in larger quarters on the sill of my kitchen window.

But, such a cute pot wanted a future holding SOMETHING useful (besides that flower).

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So, it became a pincushion.

One Last Thing To Show For It

With the tiny leftover pieces, and scraps of binding and backing fabric (and batting, too), I made a few hot pads/potholders.
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Random piecing to a generous 9-inches.

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Two colors, favorites of my DIL.

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And, ta-dah!  A final thing to show for all the piecing on three quilts.

Vintage Stars Top

This idea was my first plan for the Shine On quilt, but I decided I wanted different sizes of stars.  Plus, there wasn’t enough of this color combination to make the size quilt I needed for Shine On. This idea was worth completing, though.

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It started as a bag of vintage (late 60s?  early 70s?) fabric squares that a friend bought at a yard sale.  They were not well cut and not all the fabric was usable, but there was a cheeriness to them that appealed.

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Adding the bright white stars and some solids squares scattered throughout seems to keep the vintage feel and make it modern at the same time.  I like it.

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Final size 60″ x 72″.  Started with 4-1/2″ squares and 2-1/2″ stitch-and-trim squares for the points.

Small Someday #7: Orphan Blocks

In a bag of hand-me-down fabric there were these 7 blocks.  Hmmmm….similar color scheme…all 8″ blocks…Surely there is a quilted object in there somewhere?!

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One obvious choice would have been potholders, but I didn’t want to make those.

Then, at a garage sale, these were in the FREE pile. Just two of them and nothing else.

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Hmmmm…similar color scheme…12″ blocks…that will give me NINE total…I might have something here.
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I switched out the blue 9-patch centers in the new blocks for red to help things start to blend together.

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Currently experimenting with color, layout, and borders.

I can tell already that the piecing will not be perfect, because the blocks aren’t.  But I might be able to make something pretty that will keep someone warm.  And, I might learn a little something and gain experience in the meantime.

It could be worse.