Friday, February 10, 2017

Almost Modern!

A few weeks ago I posted about the bag of vintage quilts I found.

In the bag was this hst quilt.  I loved the mix of prints and solids.  So when I broke my finger and had to spend the last couple of weeks with my left hand all taped together I started working on a quilt inspired by the Vintage - almost modern.

It was a fun quilt to make.  I used 4-inch strips so my hst finished at 3-1/2.  I think if I made one again I would use 5 inch strips but as I wanted a smaller quilt the size I used is ok.

I didn't want to match up the fabrics exactly but to get the same "vibe" as the original quilt.  I did use a couple of vintage fabrics in my quilt just to see who could find them!

All fabric except for the border came from my stash.  All have made previous appearances in other quilts!  I love picking up a piece of fabric that has memories...

It will be awhile before I can quilt this.  Just got word from the doctor that my pinky isn't healing as well as expected...they may put a cast on it Monday!  duh...he wants me to really not use my left hand over the weekend...so much so the sewing room!  The real culprit I believe is the heavy book I was reading...made my hand hurt!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Quilts and photos...

This year I signed up for an online photo class with Ricki Tims (yes, the quilter Tims!.)  It helps keep me focused on learning and trying new things with my camera.  Most of all it gets me out taking photos!
My week 5 photo - Shape
We are in week 5 of the class.  It sort of alternates with a technical lesson and then an "art" lesson.  We then take and post a photo using what we learn.  So far so good!

Last week it was a technical photo...long distance "tack-sharp."  Almost got it.  These are the "love locks" at the Savannah Lock and Dam.  I was trying to get the locks and both the smooth and rough waters behind them in focus.

The 2017 guild donation quilt is finished!  (except for a sleeve and label...)  The quilt was inspired by a quilt in Indigo Quilts by Kate and Lori Lee Triplet.  It is an Irish Chain with a Birds and Flight border.  I drew the 6 applique blocks.  The quilt is queen size.  We used a lot of different Indigo fabrics in this quilt!

This week I am trying to finish up the quilt for my friends silent auction.  Also working on a quilt inspired by one that came out of the $5 bag of quilts!  And when I have a minute I'm cleaning the sewing room...ya, it will be a busy week!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Quilt for benefit Auction

A friend of mine has a sister who is undergoing extenisive treatment for cancer.  Her family and friends are holding a fundraiser and as part if it there will be a silent auction.

So on the design wall is a quilt I hope to finish in the next couple of days so it can be in the auction.  I will finish at baby/toddler size.

Cutting and sewing with the broken finger has been a challenge.  Starting off with a jelly roll and some strips from the 2-1/2 inch bin helped a lot!  I actually have enough to make a second one for the guild's silent auction next fall!

Plus a stack of bonus 4-patches...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

On the cutting table...

I'm learning that typing with a broken baby finger is tough...heck a lot of things are tough!  (washing dished one handed...the worst!)

But I have a deadline to get the kits out to the guild members for our 2018 donation quilt so past couple of days I've been cutting fabric very slowly and carefully!

We are making Kaffe Fasset's Vases and Bowls.  Naively I thought working with a kit would make the process faster and easier then last year when I drafted a pattern and we picked out the fabrics ourselves.  I was wrong.

I have a pile of leftover fabric...which makes me nervous...sort of like when you put together flat-pack furniture and have extra screws and bits left over.  You wonder if the furniture will collapse the first time it is used!

The there are the fabrics that there is no-way you can get all the pieces required cut from it!  I made multiple templates and laid them out on the fabric...not going to work!  Went online and ordered another 1/2 yard.  That is also the challenge - the local quilt shops do not carry much if any Kaffee.  Closest is s 2 hour drive!

I am close to halfway with the kitting...now what to do with all these pretty bits of leftovers?!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Quilts 4 and 5!

Here is the continuation of yesterday's post on the new-to-me quilts.  Did discover something last night as I was going through photos...all five quilts have a pint print backing.  Different fabrics but all pink fabrics!  Another reason I believe they may have been made by the same quilter.

So here is Quilt #4...a hst on diagonal.  Doesn't it have a great contemporary feel to it!  I think it is circa 1950...
Close-up of Q-4, the grey makes it look modern no?

Like the other quilts it has a lot of pink in the backing!

Q-5 is another simple one-patch.  This one is the smallest in the bunch - 39x57 inches.

I think it is circa 1940.  It has some fun fabrics and a few are in one of the hexagon quilts (another hint they were made by the same quilter!)

Yup...pink backing!  Binding back to front...

Watson is guarding the quilts but also thinks I am spending too much time with them!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

We are going to throw out a bag of quilts...

"We are going to throw out a bag of quilts"...that is how the phone call started today.  I have helped this particular store a few times in the past when they were unsure of what they had.  Today the manager had told the guy that they had too much on the floor and to throw these old things out.  So before the tossed them he called...I'm so glad he did!
Q-1 simple one patch, scrappy, circa 1940, restoration done on the border and binding.
Q-1 close-up
Q-1 backing
There are five quilts.  All made around 1930-1940.  All are in good condition.  One has a repair that was done well.  So they aren't museum quality but they don't deserve to be tossed!
Q-2 twin size hexagon
Q-2 close-up
Q-2 backing
I am debating on calling the two twin size hexagon quilts a pair...they are very close in size, the hexies are the same size, and some of the fabrics are the same.   So what is holding me back?  The backings are different and Q-2 has some fabrics from the 1910 while Q-3 is only 1930's fabric.
Q-3 twin size hexagon, scrappy
Q-2 close-up
Q-2 backing
I'll show the other two quilts in my next post!  These don't really fit with my plans for my collection but I couldn't leave them to an ugly fate....

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Snow day in the South!

We don't get snow often here in this part of Georgia so when the meteorologists forecast the white stuff things go just a bit crazy!
My After Christmas Sales Santa....

Me...I'm from New England so my emergency cabinet is always stocked!  I have water, extra batteries, a coffee maker that I can use in my fireplace, lots of pet-food, and canned soup/stuff.  So if need be I can hunker down for a good long while.  Of course...here in the south snow only sticks around a day or so...maybe I've overdone it?

But just two years ago we had an ice storm that left us without power for 5 days!  So maybe I'll go check on my vintage hand-crank machine that allowed me to still sew on those cold, dark days!
A photo of my Mom on skis sometime in the late 1940's in Dorchester, MA

As of yet...no snow.  Lots of rain, lots of cold winds, but no snow.  I'm ok with that.

Today I'm taking it easy...tracing some applique shapes off onto freezer-paper so we can kit up our next donation quilt and maybe fold some fabric.

or maybe just dream of future quilts...I got this new book "My Quilting Legacy" for Christmas.  Wonderful book.  Great quilts, beautiful photos and what looks to be good instructions.  I'll let you know on the latter when I finally make up my mind which quilt to make first!