Friday, May 22, 2009

playing with blocks

Not much sewing happening...packing to get ready for the mountains this weekend and trying to clear up the counters a bit since we have folks coming into take care of the animals while we are gone. (Not that these kids care...as long as there is food in the fridge and the DVD player is working they are happy!)

I have been rinsing/washing lots of blocks that were donated to our Guild. Most of them are hand pieced and mostly made of cotton. All are circa 1940 - 1950...
They must have been made by a heavy smoker and later stored in the garage. It is taking a lot of sorting!
They are fun to play with though and should make good additions to our silent auction table at our show this fall.

It was from this same bag of blocks that we pulled some for our guild challenge. I finished my little top this week. This was the block I started with...(the black plaid is a poly-blend that didn't shrink like the cottons...nice to find out early!)

and this is how it looks now....

I'm calling it "Favorite things" and am going to use it as a table-topper when I am finished. It is coming with me this weekend to hand quilt while my Dh is out playing golf.

8 comments:

BUMBLE BEANS said...

it's so weird, I have some 9 patches with the exact same fabrics that I got off ebay a while ago... vintage fabrics...one of them made it into the moody blues quilt in the corner...

Sherry said...

You haveing lots of fun with this. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Loris said...

Nice ideas there with the fan blocks. I like how they look in the circle.
The table topper will be great. I like having pieced quilted things sitting all over my house...under lamps, computers, anything...

Janet said...

I think those blocks are great. I love scrappy and the fabrics are interesting.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I love how you creatively updated that 9 patch. I really like your version!

*karendianne. said...

I love what you're working on. I hope you're having a good weekend my friend! *karendianne.

Millie said...

I love the fan blocks in the circle pattern...thanks for sharing all these great ideas. Cute 9 patch blocks too.

sewkalico said...

Love that tabel-topper - it's really fun!