Friday, April 30, 2010

Oregon Quilt Documentation

Oregon has finally started documenting quilts!! I volunteered yesterday at Sisters to help. I had no idea how wonderful and fun it would be. This is a two year project and plan on helping again somewhere in the future. You can read more info at the Oregon Quilt Project.

This was one of the first quilts to enter the room!!! We about all fell over!! It was a family quilt dated to 1851. The Oak and Reel larger block is called Heroes Crown. I thought that was an awesome block name.
Need I say more about this photo? Several motifs tightly quilted all over. The flowers are reversed applique in the center.


Here was some of the group getting the fine info....with a lot of volunteers trying not to drool!!
The woman with the brown sweater is Mary Bywater Cross the author of Quilts of the Oregon Trail.

Here was a volunteers quilt that she had won in a raffle!! The quilting was amazing. Not all quilts being documented have to be old.

This was one of the more beautiful double wedding rings I've seen. The woman who brought it in found it in a bag after a death of a family member.

Here are two signature quilts. The woman who brought this on in also found in a plastic bag in an attic of her MIL who had died.

I don't remember what the story was on this one. I loved the border and how accurately it meets at the top!! hahaha
This was a beauty too!!
What a fantastic day being with fun people who also have a love of quilts and especially old quilts.
Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Strawberry Fields- Part 1 Revisited

That doesn't look like Strawberry Fields!! Well, I really didn't want the back of a small block to be what you see first so I added this striking quilt. It was at the bed turning.

I made all of the square in a square sections first, but I see many of you making the whole block, which is great. For those who want to move forward I thought I'd let you know what I did as far as pressing. There didn't seem to be any good way to press the seam of the center square.
So I clipped my seam, and practiced, either ironing it open or to the plain square. Clipping and ironing to the plain square was what I found to be the best for a nice flat block.
I have a suggestion for the half blocks so you may want to wait before assembling them.

I'm going to leave you with a few photos of my road trip. More antique quilt photos to come in a couple of days.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Quilt show

My road trip last weekend also included 2 guild quilt shows. The photos I'm showing are a mix from both shows. The first one I went to was was the one I liked the best put on by the Pioneer Quilters in Eugene. It was held at the Lane County Historical Museum so it had a wonderful setting. There was a lot of hand quilting and by the looks of it a more traditional quilt group. They had a little booklet printed up with a short paragraph of all the quilts. From reading this the guild hand quilts each member a quilt on a rotating basis. I thought that was very cool! Do any of your guilds do that?
If you are interested in the pattern the designer of this quilt is Sachiko Yasuda. It is called Buds in A Basket
I've seen this quilt around a few times. I love how the quiltmaker left one basket empty.

A fun whimsical quilt by Bunny Hill.

This one was so simple but really brought a smile to my face.
This was for an elementary teacher to hang in her classroom. Adorable!!

Too stinkin' cute!!!

This quilt was made for the quiltmakers granddaughter.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Strawberry Fields quiltalong- Let's sew! Part 1

Because it's the weekend I thought some of you would be ready to sew. (if you haven't started already)

You can either lay your cut pieces out in blocks or just start sewing the square in a square and match them up later with your 2" print.

Using your 1 1/2" squares prints (5 per block) and the triangles you cut from the background make a square in a square block. These are pretty small and there wasn't any reason to line up the centers like we might do if it were a larger block. Sew the triangles on the opposite sides first.

Press out toward the background. Then sew the other two sides. Don't press yet.

Make sure you trim those little legs off first!! Then press to the background fabric.

Line up your ruler with 1" in the center both ways and trim the block.........

to a perfect 2" economy patch. You'll need 55 of these for all the whole blocks.

As you can see in the photo for the half blocks it isn't necessary to attach all 4 sides. Once I got on a roll I kept going. Adding 3 sides or 4 sides to the half blocks is up to you. You'll need 8 of the pieced patches for the half blocks.

I have to say I found this part to be rather tedious. I think this would make a wonderful little leader/ender project while sewing something else. I'm sure you'll notice as we move along several of my center squares are really wonky. I was using antique fabric that was fairly thin and difficult to sew with.
Have fun!!! And eat a few strawberries while you're at it.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Strawberry Fields Quiltalong!

I'm finally getting this posted!! You all seem to be sewing up a storm so I hope a few of you will find time to sewalong.
For those of you that would like to join in, here's the little quilt we will be making. My doll quilt measures approximately 21"x26". The blocks finish at 4 1/2".

I saw this unique block in Roberta Horton's Scrap Quilts book and thought that would be a little challenging but not too complicated.

So many quilts of this era (1890's-1910's) were set in a zig zag fashion that I thought it would be fun to do the same. I'm always a fan of 1/2 blocks too.

Other than the triangles for the sashing and a border, if you desire one, this will need no more than a few scraps.

I used pinks, black, gray, blue and browns for the larger printed section of the block. You'll need 4 for each whole block and 2 each for the half blocks. They do not need to be be the same print or color. I figured the blocks were pretty small and scrappy so I opted to keep them the same. (except in one block) Cut these squares 2".

For the colored center of the economy patch I kept within the same color but not print. You'll need 5 for each block and 4 for each half block. Cut these 1 1/2".

I like to cut my background patches on a square in a square a little larger, then trim to size. That's the cutting instructions I'll be giving. I used some antique fabric that was pretty thin and I had a heck of time sewing with some of them. The small size didn't help. Cutting a little larger and trimming was key to getting a nice square.

With that said your background light can be varied. I was trying to use up as many scraps as I could.

Cut 10- 2" squares, then cut once on the diagonal to make two triangles. If you have a strip cut it 20" x 2", then cut into squares, then triangles.

I'll give you some time to get organized and ready to sew!!

Edited to add links to the rest of the quiltalong:
Part 2- half blocks

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Something to Crow About

The Stitchin' Post and the bed turning was my first stop on a short road trip. My second stop was a quilt shop in Springfield, Oregon called Something to Crow About. This was definitely my kind of store!!

My first stop was a quick potty break so I could concentrate on taking in the whole store. Look at this adorable stitched towel! What a simple little thing to liven up the bathroom.

And check out this stool pad. I'm not sure it would be comfy for a long time, but what a terrific and relatively easy way to cover up a boring stool top

I would have loved to close this little suitcase and ran out the door with it full of these lovely 1/2 yard cuts of Jo Morton fabrics.

There were samples hanging everywhere. Here is a looonnngggg runner designed by a local artist.

Did somebody say wool? There was no shortage at this shop!!

A lovely variety of Civil War repros with lots of little samples.

I hit 5 other quilt shops while I was away and none were worthy of photos. They weren't bad, just not necessarily my cuppa joe.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Old Fashioned Bed Turning

I did a bit of a road trip Friday and Saturday and have a lot of great quilts to show you this week.
The Stitchin' Post was having their customer appreciation weekend and the highlight for me was the Old Fashioned Bed Turning put on by the Latimer Textile Museum in Tillamook, Oregon.

This was an unquilted summer coverlet. I love these quilts that have big pieces and not perfectly symmetrical.

I thought that was an interesting looking basket on the border. So fun and whimsical!

What a beauty!! The quilting was amazing. What made this one interesting is the quiltmaker appliqued the date in all 4 corners.

An amazing graphic quilt with such tiny points!!!

See how they have the bed stacked with quilts? One by one they showed them and told a little story or history then turned them back to reveal the next.

Feathered stars are one of my favorite blocks.....not to make...just to look at.

A wonderful Grandmother's Flower Garden. Notice how the colors are placed in an around-the-world- fashion?
This hexagon quilt had 17,000+ pieces and was tiny!!!
Hope you enjoyed the bed turning! I know I sure did.