After I made my first quilt about 6 years ago
I started to make great plans for all of the new and wonderful quilts I could make. Then I found an old dirty double wedding ring quilt top at a flea market, and I just felt like I had to “save” it. Here it is after I quilted it.
Lots of hand quilting and lots of time went into it….it was only the second quilt I had done and I didn’t even have a thimble ( I used tape) or really know what I was doing but it worked.
After I finished that quilt I thought that there must be more of those quilt tops out there that needed me….and I found eBay….yikes!! so many!!! I started buying tops to “save”. At first I only wanted to buy those that didn’t need any extra work, just quilting. I collected quilt a few and quilted away….My quilt appraiser Shari sent me this picture
Superman “saving ‘ a quilt.
I guess it still is my mission to save quilt tops and make them into the completed quilts that they were always intended to be. I have to do some organizing and re-packing of some of the many quilt tops that I have. I can get about 15 completed tops in one of my storage containers (I just bought 6 new ones to fill) I have also started to collect blocks that I can make into tops, and tops that I will take apart and re-make and re-design …so does 200 sound like too many? Can I ever get all of them quilted? I don’t think it matters if I ever finish them all I just hope that some day someone will…and for now they are safely packed away waiting for their time to become quilts.
Here are some pictures of the contents of 2 storage containers ( I need to update the files because I see one of them has been quilted)…one container of tops and one container of blocks and unfinished tops (click pictures to enlarge)….doesn’t it make you want to start quilting?
I need to get to work!
When I was growing up my family was not a quilt family, we just had standard blankets. My only real exposure to quilts was what I saw on ‘Little House on the Prairie” and “The Walton’s”. I do remember That Holly Hobby was popular in the 70′s with her patchwork dress and large bonnet. I do remember seeing quilts in stores with her image on them.
people still make Home made versions that are very cute.
you must use rickrack to get the full impact!
I do remember seeing quilts with Holly Hobby’s deformed ugly sister Sunbonnet Sue (but most of those pre-date the 70′s)
Lately I have been adding 70′s quilt tops to my collection. Here is the newest one.
lots of calicoes and the solid fabric is that wonderful poly blend fabric that is designed to survive a nuclear bomb.
Here is another that I have had for a few years
The solids are all very synthetic! I’m not a fabric expert…could be rayon? I know the threads are extremely fine and very tightly woven and fray like mad. But something about them makes me smile. They aren’t particularly well made and that fabric is not easy to hand quilt through…there is a reason we use cotton today! but I still plan to finish them.
My current 70′s retro quilt coming along
This one is also very much a synthetic fabric top and using the heavy thread is a real challenge!….the needle does not like to go through that tight weave and it is nearly impossible to pull a knot through!! It was actually much easier to hand quilt denim, but I think it will be worth it.
I am getting close to finishing the Fan Quit so my mind keeps going to the next quilt. I decided that it will be the giant star.
I love that it has so much room for hand quilting!
I am working on ideas for what to quilt in those big white setting squares and the wide border. I will post about that as soon as I get the top marked.
I purchased an extra wide piece of dark blue fabric for the backing and wool batting. Currently the wool batting is hanging out to relax.
It is hanging on the wall in front of a quilt so that is what you see showing through in the picture. when Hobbs wool batting comes out of the package it is so bunched up and wrinkled that it can drive you crazy, so this time I decided to let the wrinkles hand out for several days before I use it.
I have always loved star quilts so here are a few others that are in line to be quilted some day (click pictures to enlarge)
I think I have my work cut out for me!
I better get busy