Monday, August 10, 2009

A "look-see"

It is hot...really hot. Too hot to work on the pile of quilts that need binding. Too hot to stand near the ironing board (not that Brownie would give up her place that since it gets her closer to the AC vent in the ceiling.)
So instead of sewing I am sorting some antique and vintage blocks that I haven't unpacked since my move to England (which means I haven't seen them in about 3 years!) Sad to think they have crosses the Atlantic twice without so much as a "look-see."I have been asked what do I do with these blocks. Well since they have never been washed or used they are great examples of what the fabrics really looked like. Just check out how bright that pink flower is!I also use them as inspiration for quilt design and fabric choice. It was my vintage blocks that addicted me to stripes!As I put the blocks away into new boxes, layered with muslin or acid free tissue I am trying to keep better records of what is where so I don't have to go through all of them just to find the one I am looking for (this indigo Martha Washington was on my mind.)

Though playing in blocks is no the worst way to spend a day where the thermometer goes into triple digits!

8 comments:

Karen said...

I vote for the Martha Washington Star. Would make a great quilt with lots of them done in blues & whites.

True Blue Nana said...

It is so hot in NC too. I tried to sew a little today but using the iron made it so hot.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

oh my, those fabulous fabrics... Wish i had some of those!! Thanks for sharing them!!! so nice!

Threeundertwo said...

I love quilts and cats. So fun to find your blog.

What great vintage fabrics in those blocks!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hello
I have not visited you in awhile. I thought I would see what you are up to. Yes it is hot!!!!!
We do love our piles of fabric don't we? Yes Yes!
Come and see me sometime.
www.fernreed.com/ blogspot.

Purple Pam said...

Your vintage blocks are wonderful. Also, the Mohawk Trail quilt is amazing. I like that pattern so much. I assume it is hand pieced. Absolutely beautiful.

Mark said...

Lovely old blocks (and cute sleepy cats)

*karendianne. said...

No, it's not the worse way to spend the day, is it? I looked at these blocks and studied them when you posted them. They stuck in my head. It's just neat to see older blocks like this. If it weren't for you I'd never get to see! :)

Isn't Brownie so cute there on the ironing board? I just think she is so super cuteamous. Almost as super cute as Goldie. It's such a toss-up!