Monday, June 1, 2009

Back in the day, the quilts were big

I've been admiring the lovely pastel 30's reproduction fabrics Kathie has been using and am inspired to lighten things up for spring (oops, it's nearly summer). Here is a stack of a couple of antiques and a couple of my own oldies. I have my 30's repro fabrics out and have asked them to get busy and tell me what to do with them. So far, they're keeping their ideas to themselves. In the meantime, I'll share some past projects. These are all bed size quilts which I don't make much of anymore now that my stitching time is so limited.


The picture above is an antique quilt I bought about 4 years ago before my quilting hiatus. My holders did not appreciate the need to keep things taught (conscripted labor, what can I say) in order to show off the spectacular quilting. This quilt is BIG--I haven't measured so I cannot say exactly how big. It has tiny, even stitching and is heavily quilted. The quilt is really thin so I think the batting layer might be a piece of flannel and not actually batting.


This is another antique that I bought when my daughter was born so I've had it for 20 years. It graced the bed of the "girl" room in my house until she got old enough to start trying to use markers and nail polish on her bed. It was in excellent shape when I got it and it managed to escape a toddler with minimal damage. It's been stored folded at the bottom of a pile of quilts for several years and it is clearly time to treat it more kindly. The quilting is very nice on this one.


This is a quilt I made from a pattern in a magazine. I am very bad about labels because I thought I'd always remember all the details. I was wrong. This one is machine stipled and it has been well used so it's very soft. I just love the 30's repros on the green background.

This is another scrappy 30's repro quilt I made several years ago. This one spent time recently with one of my college sons and the harsh light of day revealed that it is pretty gross right now. I am going to see if we can clean it up and give it a break. It, too, is machine stiple quilted. I believe the pattern came from a Marsha McCloskey book.


Finally, a top I hope soon becomes a new finish. I made this one pre quilting hiatus and I found it patiently waiting to be finished. The pattern comes from a book, but I cannot remember the title or author right now. I want to get it machine quilted and am open to referrals if any of you have professional machine quilters to recommend.

10 comments:

Juliann in WA said...

More beautiful quilts. How wonderful to have some big quilts. I have mostly lap quilts so my beds are bare.

Carol said...

What absolutely wonderful quilts...thank you for sharing them with us.

Kathie said...

beautiful quilts
oh thank you for sharing them!
I love them all.
YOur daughter will treasure that quilt in years to come, remembering sleeping under it as a child
great memories I bet.
off to sew again today with my 30's
and dream now of my next quilt I will make using 30's
Kathie

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing the 30's quilts. I don't have any of the 30's repro fabrics in my stash any more. Now I am in the mood to have some. And especially after visiting your blog today!

Lori said...

Oh my! They are beautiful! I need to purchase more 30's fabric!!

Martha said...

I love all of these quilts -- the antiques and the ones you made. You certainly have an eye for color and I am partial to traditional patterns. I so happy to have discovered your blog.

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I would love you to join in on 'It's Tuesday and I can't wait...' Great quilts and great helpers holding them up. Cute.

Julie said...

I read somewhere that summer quilts were usually made without batting and would just have maybe an extra layer or two of fabric between the top and the backing. Perhaps that's what the first one is.

Julia said...

Beautiful quilts...I love them all.
I love all repro fabrics and quilts..just can't get enough of 1930's..
I found you on Lynne's blog
Julia ♥

Lea said...

You have own beautiful quilts. Thank you for sharing!

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