Vintage Log Cabin

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Yesterday I posted pictures of the log cabin variation top I made.

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Today I have a vintage top to share.   This one is made in what is sometimes call the courthouse steps setting

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The fabrics are from about 1900.  It is machine pieced and the strips are cut at 1.25 inches and finish at 3/4 inch.

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Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)

It is in great shape and will look great once I get it quilted.

I have mentioned before that I always wash a quilt once I have it finished.   Many people ask why.   I get them dirty when I work on them.   Here is a good example.

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I spilled coffee :(

Teddy says no problem I will just sit on that spot.

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I will still wash it :)

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Log Cabin Variation

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I finished another top today. I started making the log cabin variation top about a month ago (see the post here http://timquilts.com/2015/01/21/log-cabin-inspiration/) .   I used Color weave 3 Fabrics From P&B Textiles. Here are some process pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I got sidetracked by lots of other things but I decided it was time to finish it. I decided to add a border of strip pieces and that used up just about every last bit of the 20 fat quarters I started with.

It is 65″ x 75″ and I might add a border.   Teddy and I are pretty happy with how it turned out.

I will hand quilt it soon :)

Happy Quilting

Tim

Hand quilting update

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I am making hand quilting progress on several quilts.   Here is the applique kit quilt.    (click pictures to enlarge)

I will post pictures of some of the others soon :)

70’s Vintage

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Some quilts call my name and I just can’t resist.   I have 2 today from the 70’s.

First is a polyester double knit quilt top.  The design is pretty great.
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The fabrics might not be for everyone but I think they are great.

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It is all hand pieced, but it is poly so the seams don’t press flat.

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It is going to be a great quilt some day.

Next is another 70’s top in the trip around the world pattern

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It is far from perfect but something about it said save me.

The fabrics are an assortment of cotton and cotton poly blends.

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It is hand pieced.

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however not well made

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I do not plan to over fix it.   I think I will just hand quilt it as it is.   Not every quilt needs to be perfect.   I think it is easy for us to lose sight of the real intended use of a quilt.   They are to keep us warm.  Most quilters of the past would never have imagined seeing their quilts hanging on a wall and considered a work of art.  Sure they wanted them to look good and some were amazingly detailed and elaborate but for many quilts function came first.

When I make a quilt myself I do try to be accurate.   I measure, I try for even seam allowances etc. but I have a lot of advantages over the quilters who made these.   I have a cutting mat and rotary cutter, and lots of templates, and rulers, and fabric that is so much easier to work with.  We also have so many resources.  Information for us is just a few clicks away on the internet.   I have no way to know who made these or what their background was, If anyone taught them quilting or if they were figuring it out on their own, or how they intended to use them.   I do know that they appeal to me in a much different way than a beautifully made show quilt.    When I was a kid there was nothing better than getting home from school or church and changing out of my “good” clothes and into my “play” clothes (I still feel that way). These quilts are like the play clothes…meant to be comfortable and sturdy and no worry about ruining them.

Teddy decided he wanted to play on this one.   He brought his bone for his picture

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I did another block on the string quilt.

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One of these I did by machine, and seeing the picture I can’t tell which one.   I am going to finish it all by machine.   It went a lot faster and the results are about the same.    only 10 blocks to go :)

Happy Quilting

Tim

Melon Piecing

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I started putting together the melon blocks.   The first thing I needed to do is make a pattern.    All of the melons were slightly different and I needed to get them all to the same size so that once pieced the blocks would lay flat.   Here is the template I came up with placed on top of one of the melons.

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you can see that it needs trimming. Some of the melons are more off then this and some are nearly perfect size.

I trace around the template to see what I have to trim.

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The other part of the template is traced onto the black fabric using a white clover pen.

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When I cut out the pieces I end up with another set of melon pieces formed by the space between the 2 arcs.   I will make those into a quilt as well.

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I hand pieced the first block.   I might try the next one on the machine.

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The quilt will be 3 blocks x 4 blocks (60′ x 80″) and I will probably add a border.    If I copy and paste a picture of the one finished block several times I can get an idea of what the finished top will look like.

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I didn’t get this lined up exactly but you get the idea of how it will look.  I will hand quilt this but I wont know what pattern I will use until I get it in the hoop.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

String Pieced Melons

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I have a new pile of vintage blocks.   They are string pieced melons, And were foundation pieced on newspaper.  The newspaper has been removed but I can still see traces of it.

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They are in need of a pressing but are in great shape.

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I have no way of knowing exactly how the maker intended to use them but I imagine that they were to be used in melon patch blocks.

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If I set them on a black background the colors brighten up

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I think red would be great as well as black and many other colors.  Teddy likes it with black.

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I have enough for a full-sized quilt.   I will need to make a template for the setting pieces and look at my fabric stash to see what I have enough of.

When I was working on the Teddy Quilt I started one on a mottled fabric.

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I worked on that one the last few days

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I didn’t want them to be the same so I made some changes to the drawing and did not add a bandanna to this one.   I used black YLI hand quilting thread on this. I used the same binding fabric as the last one

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and cream-colored backing

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here the Two are side by side

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Here are a few others I am working on (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Cartoon Teddy Quilt Finished

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I finished the quilting on the Cartoon Teddy quilt for the Quilt Alliance contest.   This is how I imagine Teddy would look if he were to be a cartoon character.

Here it is before binding

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I used a very thick poly batting to give him some definition, it shows better on the back.

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I used the same fabric for the binding as I did for his bandanna

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And gray for the backing

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Here is the post about how I drew it out and got started with the embroidery http://timquilts.com/2015/02/13/animals-we-love/

and here is the post about the quilting http://timquilts.com/2015/02/14/quilting-teddy/

I am going to have to make another so I have one to keep because all entries become a donation to the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and after a national exhibition tour, will be auctioned to benefit the mission of the organization.

I did draw out another on a different fabric and I think I will finish that one to keep.

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Teddy almost always has a bandanna on, here he is yesterday.

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Last night it came untied and I didn’t notice it was missing until I looked at the pictures.

Here he is proudly posing with the finished quilt.

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He has his ears down in the picture, but often his ears are up, like in the quilt, when he is listening or thinking.

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I still need to add a hanging sleeve and label but that will wait until tomorrow .

Now back to work on some of the quilts in the big pile :)

Happy quilting

Tim