Monday, February 23, 2009

Playing vintage....

My big accomplishment this weekend...I cleaned off the dining room table. Woohooo...it may not sound like much but this is the first time we have been able to sit down and eat a meal on this table since we moved back into the house in December! (It was sort of driving me crazy...)
I did play in the scrap pile a bit. I have stacks of vintage blocks that I dream of someday using as inspiration to make a new quilt. The block above is one of my favorites in the pile. The fabric is very fragile and the dye is migrating but I like how graphic it is so....

This is my scrappy version! It worked up pretty quickly (once I fixed a minor math error...really good reason for test blocks!) I used my box of 2 inch strips that I had already cut (a la Bonnie's stash management method) so the only bits I had to cut were some 4 inch squares. Very fun. I do have to put it aside for a bit though and find a finish it project for March. (My Dh is hoping it will be his red, white and blue.....uhggggggg)

I also made yet another of the airplane binders...these are fun. I have some of these vintage wedding ring arcs rescued from a yard sale that are never going to the alter so I have to find other destinations for them...I put one of the cover fabric but it didn't quite jump out at me so I added some handmade lace...(lace wedding ring...get it?!)
This was better but still....so I added some rick-rack....And since it was now a bit OTT so why not just go all the way and use some black for the binding! (also to keep it from getting too cute...)

So why all these binders? Well, I'll give you a hint...watch this space from March 10th to the 14th. (I know that sort of gives it away but not entirely.....)

23 comments:

sewkalico said...

Love your take on the vintage block!

McIrish Annie said...

I like your scrappy block better than the original. isn't nice to just dig into scraps and start pieceing??

Clare said...

Is it me or have you tried to carry over the look of the original block with the paisley style fabrics. Perhaps I'm reading more into it than is there.

Mary said...

I LOVE the block -- it also reminded me of a scrappy 9 patch quilt with pieced sashing that I've had on my to do list for a long time.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love this scrap block!

*karendianne. said...

So much fun here today. Let's see. I luv the top block. Very cool and the scrappy version you did it totally fantastic and okay, would you look at the binder you did with the vintage wedding ring arcs and the rick rack and the black and just all of it. Plus, you did a great job of Blogging about it. Fun to read and see!

Joyce said...

I love the scrappy version of that vintage block. I think I need to make a couple of those airplane binders. This one is inspiring!

Tammy said...

Both blocks are gorgeous and unique. I liked them both.

Karen said...

Your scrappy block is wonderful!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

love the new block - so graphic and bright. bite the bullet and work on DH's quilt - that's the only way you're ever going to be done with it and it IS worth doing. you'll love it when it's finished.

karenfae said...

I love all the projects you are working on - those binders are nice looking too.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

GailM. said...

I'm curious to see what you're going to do with the binders. I made one for Mary too. I love the pattern, and it's so easy. I'll definitely be making more.

Darcie said...

Funny you should mention the dining table. We have an eat-in kitchen...so the dining table houses the laptop computer and finished crochet projects. The other night...hubby fixed me dinner. I said "oh my, we should eat in the dining room." He said "ya wanna?" I said "nah...I don't feel like cleaning it off." lol Glad we're not the only ones that "multitask!"

Love the block! And the airplane binders! I'm may have to sew a few up myself.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I love the binders. I have never done anything like that. But they have been added to my list of things to do. Very cute.

janet said...

Very cool block, so colourful.

Kathie said...

love the block !
I collect antique quilt blocks to and love making quilts using them as inspiration
oh that notebook is wonderful...can't wait to see what will be in March!
Kathie

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love your scrappy block and the airport binders...Very pretty...and practical! :o)

Maggie R said...

Great blog, lots to see, so I decided to follow. Thanks so much for a lovely time. Do pop over to visit me if you have time. I have random drawings for my followers.Lots of fun ;-}
((((hugs))))
Maggie

Maggie R said...

Great blog, lots to see, so I decided to follow. Thanks so much for a lovely time. Do pop over to visit me if you have time. I have random drawings for my followers.Lots of fun ;-}
((((hugs))))
Maggie

mamaspark said...

Your binder covers are so cute. Love the wedding ring one!! Great blog too BTW.

Cher said...

lovely block-I agree with Tonya tackle your DH's and get it off your mind-making him happy as well. love these binders-such fun

Jeanne said...

Those blocks are great, I like both of them, finding those old blocks is always so much fun, and I LOVE YOUR journal cover, hoping you are planning on tips and hints??????

Lynn Dykstra said...

http://kleinmeisjequilts.blogspot.com/2009/03/vintage-block.html

I love your vintage block and just finished a top inspired by it.
Lynn