Today I have something old and something new.
The old is this beautiful quilt top from late 1800′s.
Unfortunately It has suffered a bit of damage. When in storage (where ever that was) it got attacked by mice. Mice like to chew holes into fabric. When folded up the way it was originally stored the holes line up…they chewed through all the layers. Here are the damaged blocks (click to enlarge)
How do I fix them? The top is large enough that I can take off one row of blocks and use the fabric from them to repair the damage. when I am done it should look like new.
There are some beautiful fabrics in this top. Each block has matching white and pink, and a different brown/rust (click pictures to enlarge)
I will post pictures of the repairs as soon as I get going on it…..It might be a while since I have so many projects going already.
The new is a new top I am making. I love the old rescue vintage and antique tops but sometimes I do enjoy making something new.
The new one is based on the Roman Stripe Block.
The traditional layout for the roman stripe block is this
But I rarely feel like I can stay totally traditional and follow a pattern.
If you remember back a few weeks I showed some fabrics I was planning to use.
I have to blocks cut and they are ready to be sewn together into a top. Not quite the same as the traditional.
this layout gives me a quilt about 80″ square to which I will add a border. The bonus for me is that It gives me a lot of room for hand quilting in the orange spaces.
Here are a few more pictures …click pictures to enlarge
I am getting near the end on the basket of Lilies
I will post more pictures of that next time.
For now I need to get back to work!