Friday, October 19, 2007

Playing with strips


I pulled out some of my half-finished bright strippy blocks last night. I thought it could be a quick finish...of course I had to complicate it!

I had a panel with these funny bight cats on it. Originally I was planning on just quilting it up for a quick baby quilt...of course I had to complicate it...

Through the magic of hoarding, procrastination, and piles of fabric strips I took took quick and easy projects and made one fiddly quilt. It is a talent!

I hope to finish it up tonight so I can go back to my scrap quilt. It is a bit hectic...brights on one table and reproduction fabric on another.

A couple of bloggers have asked how to identify civil war fabrics. When I started out collecting quilts I was given the best piece of advice - visit museums and read as many antique quilt books as you can find. Now there is another resource that I would add to that list - http://www.quiltindex.org It lets you view quilts from several major collections and state surveys via the internet. You can narrow your search to whatever date range or type of quilt you are interested in studying. (just make sure you have a big cup of coffee when you start...there is a lot to look at!)

8 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

I have those kitties. I think once upon a time ago, they were going to be the corners on a border, but... I have no idea what the quilt idea was.

Jeanne said...

LOL. I can identify with that quilt process. Your finished top is very cute, though. The extra time spent was worth it.

Karol-Ann said...

That sure is bright!! Very cute indeed. I do the same with 'quick' projects!! LOL

Thanks for the link, I'll have to make some time to check it out... BTW did you get my email with address etc?

Sonnja said...

Lovely quilt!
Kind regards,

Sonnja, from the Netherlands

Janet said...

I have two other study resources that I use and recommend when looking at and for repro fabrics and comparing them against actual fabrics from the 19th century: The International Quilt Study Centre at the University of Nebraska has an online and searchable database with hundreds and hundreds of quilts available for viewing. In addition, for those willing to take the descriptions with a grain of salt, there is ebay - look under listings for quilt tops, quilt blocks and vintage or repro fabric.

Darcie said...

That's adorable, Sio! Easy can be so over-rated, can't it!

Dawn said...

Wow! Thanks for the link! I don't think I ever came across that one before!

Sue in western WA said...

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who can take a simple idea and complicate it ;- )