Thursday, July 02, 2009

Too late Thursday....

So I missed wordless Wednesday...heck I missed Monday and Tuesday too. I have all sorts of fun photos to share but cannot for the life of me find the cord so I can upload them! Seems they will have to wait...instead you get a photo of one of my vintage quilts. Most likely those funny tea colored squares were green when the Pennsylvania quilter made this which would have made the quilt much brighter. Now it has a great shabby chic look and it feels wonderful due to so many washings. The rest of the fabrics are holding up great.Above is another example of how green had some tough years....the blue would have originally been green, the beige leaves read greener in real life and the green leaves would have had a black print on them (barely visible.) I love how this block looks like the flower has dancing feet....

I did get my donation quilt applique block done in time for the Saturday work session! And amazingly I was not the last person to turn in their block...I must be slipping. Tonya at Lazy Gal says she claims the title of Queen of Procrastination so I have been demoted to Princess of Putting Things Off....

Things are pretty busy right now. I am helping a friend get ready to move overseas. Today we drive to Charleston to drop off her car at the port to be shipped. That was always a "milestone" for me...once the car was on the ship then I must really be serious about moving! I'm hoping we can make a quick sidetrip to People, Places and Quilts in Summerville on the way back. That is one of my top five quilt stores!

I am also in binding "hell." I have 7 quilts that need binding. My goal for this weekend is to get all the binding made and machine sewn to the quilts. (I hate putting the walking foot on the machine so I want to get them all done at one throw....) Then I will have lots of hand work for watching movies this summer.....they just need to be finished by October for the guild show. I don't want to be one of those quilters who is finishing the binding as the quilt is being hung...whoops, I have been one of those quilters! (and yes the sleeve was awkwardly pinned to the top...bad quilt-mama-me)

So as I contemplate the growing number of almost finished quilts (load thunderous cheer here) I am also dreaming about my next group of projects. One is a quick finish - I need to make a Pink and Yellow quilt for my sister in law. I know not my typical colorway but that is what she asked for! I even brought her to a quilt shop and sure enough she pulled a fabric with a yellow background and little pink roses on it. This will be interesting. The second is inspired by this wonderful book I bought at a boot sale in England.
It is from around 1910 and has wonderful drawings of a wide range of styles. The author was a graphic instructor. Wouldn't the design on the cover make a great applique border?!
Here is a photo of one of the inside plates...love this book. I would like to use some of the new Morris prints that just came out and maybe do something with a nod to the Welsh stippy quilts though with more applique than intricate quilting.

Time to run..rather drive.

9 comments:

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Vintage quilt. Gorgeous, I love that pattern! very interesting.
And that book you found! Great find! Tons of inspiration in there can't wait to see what it inspires!

The Calico Cat said...

It is a good thing that queens can have lots of princesses because this title fits me to a T!
Princess of Putting Things Off....

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

love the applique block - so much character.

Bebesboutique said...

yes I could very easily see the cover of that book as quilting. I too like to do hand work in front of the tv but it gets so hot sometimes to do it in the summer.

Quilts And Pieces said...

The old quilt is really cool! You have the most amazing old quilts! I could come live at your house for weeks and never tire of your treaures!

Dionne said...

What a beautiful vintage quilt. I'm picking out my fabrics for 'Christmas Lights' but haven't gotten much further!
Cheers,
Dionne

Karen said...

Wonderful book. The cover sure would make a lovely applique.

Darcie said...

Oooh...wish I could help you with your binding. If I were there, I'd actually allow you to cook and bake for me while I stitched away. (I hope you have air conditioning!)

LOVE that book...what a find!

Happy July 4th to you and yours! Stay cool.

Lady of the Cloth said...

When you said "wouldn't the cover pics make a great border" I almost choked on my drink! I could never make that in a million years. You could though. Your applique work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Even though you may procrastinate, you still get more done than anyone I "know" Well, blog know.
Carline in sunny Hot Washington State