Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Logcabin quilts...

One of my favorite quilt patterns is the log cabin.  There are so many variations for setting the blocks and it can be done either scrappy or not!  Though I have to admit...I love the scrappy best!

This circa 1870 quilt is from Pennsylvania.  The red centers are wool.  The blocks are set on point creating alternating dark and light bands.

This all cotton quilt top has a similar colorway but is turn of the century (1900)  is much different in scale and setting...

This is part of an earlier quilt purchases from the Maryland's eastern shore (folded in quarters)

It isn't in the best of condition (ok...poor condition) but I loved the hst's used for the centers and the pieced borders.

Here is a top purchased in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The colors are so Penn!  Using log cabins as part of a "four patch" design is unusual.  These fabrics are difficult to date as they were printed for a long timeperiod.  I'd say this was circa 1900...

Not scrappy but still fun.

Below is a crib quit done as one large uneven log cabin.  It looks like it may have started with an orphan block and just grew!  This came from Pennsylvania circa 1880.  I've made a reproduction for it for my sister.  A fun project.

This is one I made using repro-fabric scraps from other projects.  I has the traditional red centers for the blocks.
It has piano key borders on two sides which used up even more scraps and gives my Dh a hint on how to lay it out on the bed!

Sometimes you don't have to make a whole log cabin block...the little color study below uses a quarter log cabin block.  The center block is a hst and takes a bit of planning...the inspiration came from the antique hst quilt.

Here is another quarter log cabin in a different setting...and king size...

This blue and yellow design below is from a Kaffe book..

A more "controlled" scrappy.  It takes more planning than the other log cabin layouts.  Again I used the left-over strips to make a border.

This little quilt was made up from scraps and donated...a good use for orphan blocks!  I always end up with a few extra when I make log cabin quilts!

And even smaller...this is about 16x16.  I stitched it up during a snow storm.  Lesson learned - don't hand sew on paper!  Duh!  Also learned however, that log cabins can be made really tiny!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Guild Donation Quilts

Each year the guild I belong to makes a quilt to raise funds for Camp Rainbow - a medically supervised summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings.

Even with a large group of quilters working on the quilt it takes a year to make one.  This is our quilt for 2015.  So far about 30 members of the guild have worked on it.  Deadline to finish is October!  Looks like we'll make it (isn't that a song title?!)  But because a group is working on it together we can take on a challenging quilt!

This is the quilt we will draw for in September.  It is a Piece of Cake design.  We have found that bed size applique quilts tend to raise the most money for the camp.

Though this pieced batik quilt did well in 2012.  This was based on an article in Quilters Newsletter on how to do a group pieced quilt.  I'm still not a believer.  It is much easier to put together blocks made by a group that are appliqued!
from Blackbird designs...

These quilts also give an opportunity to go out into the community at the art and the Home and Garden show to raise awareness of the guild.  We always end up with a few new members after these events.

I like how different the quilts are from year to year...(I made the cherry block that year!)

This is another Piece of Cake design.  Since the guild has been doing this for about 15 years many folks search us out at the Arts in the heart festival each September.
Prairie Flowers by B. Brackman
I need to scan in the earlier photos of the donation quilts so we can have them all in one place.  I wish we had kept better records of how much we raised each year.  I guess I could go back through the check registers...what chore!
And just in case you are wondering...yes, I buy lots of tickets to each quilt and no, I have never won one.  That doesn't stop me from trying though!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Back on my feet...

I know I've been "off the grid" for a bit.  Can you believe I had a computer accident?  Well maybe not on the computer but getting up from the computer.  I didn't get up very well at that.  I spilled backwards and gave my head so much of a whack that I haven't been able to do much.  But all is better now....
my $1 bag from an estate sale....
So much to cover...

I got cleared by my doc so I am headed up to Charlotte for the AQS show this week.  I will be doing hanging appraisals.  Which basically means appraisals on quilts that are in the show and the owner requested an appraisal.  This is my first time doing this at an AQS show so I'm a bit nervous about the mechanics of it all...let you know!

So my DH has done gone out to some estate sales for me the past couple of weeks to check on quilts and sewing related items.  Sometimes it makes me laugh to hear his description of a quilt and then see the actual quilt.  for instance he called and told me there was a Polka Dot in he comes with a 1930's hexagon mosaic quilt!  (tiny pieces too!)

  Maybe now that he is retired more of the quilt terminology will rub off on him!

We have had a good summer (though hot!)  A couple years ago we stopped using pesticides on our property (except for fire and hills which is a granular application specific to the hill.)  Anyway, this year we have had a wonderful array of dragonflies during the day and fireflies at night.  Really quite magical.

Of course Watson and Dobby don't always agree...they spend hours chasing the large dragonflies around the yard!  They sleep well after the chase!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Officially Summer...

Living down her in the Southern U.S. where it is hot, hot, hot I find I do more quilting in the summer months than in the winter!
Watson and Dobby in the new garden....
Which is sort of understandable since heat and MS are not compatible  (things like spams and losing my eyesight...duh!)  The "new garden" is sparse for now...put in lots of perennials but they will take a year to fill in.  I noticed this will be more "scrappy" than the other beds...hobby crossover perhaps?  It will mainly be blues and purples but I did slip in some pinks, whites, and bit of yellow/cheddar.

So last night may have been my last "play in the garden" time and for the next couple of months it will be fabric gardens!

I'm finding it difficult to focus...lot so half done UFO's hanging around the sewing room and I'm treating them all like leader and ender projects which mean not a lot of progress on any one thing!

but with the thermometer up above 90 for the next few days I hope to have something to show for the hours behind the sewing machine!

Friday, June 20, 2014


Haven't made too much progress with the baskets...still working on the garden and had to deal with a broken air-conditioner (of course that happens when it is 95+ degrees outside!)

So I thought I'd post a few photos of some other basket blocks, top, and quilts I have in the quilt closet...

This is a Southern Quilt.  These colors are frequently used in the Carolina's and Tennessee regions.

 The three row sashing also marks it as southern.   It is all hand-pieced but the basket handles are machine appliqued.  Several other quilt collectors said they have quilts where the handles are machine appliqued...wonder if it was printed somewhere to do that or the maker was just proud to have a machine so used it where it would be most noticed?!

 Finally, it came from an estate in Aiken, S.C.  Sadly it is in fragile condition due to exposure to heat (Southern baked quilt) which usually happens when they are kept in attics or sheds.

These are some more blocks that came with the ones in my last post.  These are a bit smaller in size.  I love the pink wonky block!  These are in really good shape and will most likely be made into a quilt.  Fun fabrics.

I only have one basket came out of a home in Thompson Georgia.

I like the embroidery.

I think the blocks were made by a group since the layout and quality of stitches varies.

This the top I am currently is called Charleston Basket but it isn't really a basket just a woven design!  It is based on a turn of the century quilt in the Volkering Collection.

Dobby has claimed this one as his own!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Quilter's bingo followup

Amazing what you can find in your quilting files!  When we were trying to come up with an activity for my guild's May meeting I remembered filing away an article from Fons and Porter on "Quilter's Bingo!"

Basically you make 25 patch blocks in 5 colorways and then call the "numbers" as a color and fabric style - like "Yellow Batik."  It was a fun activity and best of all the blocks were then donated and made into quilts for the Ronald McDonald House!  So far the two in the photo are finished and two more are being bound.

And on a side note...I've found a "new to me" author that me and some friends are reading through...

Barbara Cleverly writes mysteries set just following WWI (Yes Downton Abbey years!) set in India, Greece, France, and England.  So far my favorites are from the Joe Sandilands Novels...

On the quilting side...I am doing some planning and puttering in the sewing room today.  I have these vintage basket blocks and am thinking of embroidering family names on them.  Like a family tree except in baskets...

Still pondering...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Catch-up post!

Let's see...a "catch-up" post...

I was given some fun vintage tops...these wedding rings are huge (almost 24 inches across!

So far I've just laid them out and studied fabric...most are 50-70's.

May make these embroidered blocks into a top for the guild silent auction at our next show...the stitching is on cotton so they are most likely pre-1970 but who knows when the kit was actually finished (at least the embroidery!)

Next, Watson, our new puppy, is growing up quickly.  He starts training school this week...phew!

We got a new roof on our house due to the ice storm this winter...yes, it took that long for insurance and then for the roofers (who are so busy they are working on Sundays!)

And we redid a lot of the landscaping out back...partly due to the ice-storm and partly it was time!  Dobby our cat seems to think we did it just for him!
Heritage Daylillies...went into bloom the moment the landscapers left the property!

So this week I plan to get back in the sewing room...since it is hot, hot, hot outside it is the best place for me!  Should have something to show soon!