Saturday, April 20, 2013

Poems RR, my blocks

 Theses are the first two blocks done in my set in this rr. I couldn't be happier with them. The one above was done by Sandy, and the one below was done by Kristie. They've both managed to translate the poem and the book that inspired my piecing into thread and embellishments and I'm just thrilled with them..

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Poems and quotes round robin and a thrift find

 We started the Poems, Quotes and Verses RR last month. My second block for this rr belongs to Debbie S. Her theme is taken from the verses of a hymn, In the Garden.
This one belongs to Barbara W. and has various proverbs or sayings on it.
 I found this sweet wedding ring quilt at Salvation Army for $19.99. The fabrics in it looked old, and I thought that if it had some condition issues, I had some 30's fabric that I could use to repair or restore it.
 Looking closely, it was apparent that it was hand quilted, and I wondered if it was one of those that I'd seen recently for sale at department stores. But turning it to the backing, I saw this:
 and didn't think that a factory maker would run out of the bright yellow and have to finish it with a paler yellow. Most of the stitches that join the patches are done by hand, as is the knife edge binding.
 The longer I looked at it, the more I fell in love with it. So it came home with me, and when I laid it out and gave it a good looking over, there are no condition issues with it whatsoever. So I don't actually know if it's old or new, but it was apparently never used. I think it's a pretty good deal for $20!

4-23-13: I took the quilt with me to my CQ group meeting on Sunday and a couple of the ladies thought it definitely contained feed sack fabrics from the 30's and 40's, as well as some older pieces. It also appears to have been quilted by more than one person.
We got to speculating about its maker, and why she never used the quilt. We decided she made it for her hope chest and ended up never marrying for whatever reason (never got asked, or he died or she died or whatever). I hope whoever and wherever she is, that she knows I have it and am treasuring it for her.