Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Perils of Pausing

Get it? Perils of Paus-ing...Perils of Pauline?  Sorry, I could not get that old movie title out of my head ever since I thought about titling this post "the perils of pausing."  Okay, it's out of my system now so I can show you the real perils of pausing.  Caution: graphic image of totally destroyed sewing space.

Every time I go into my sewing room and look at this mess I feel very much like our poor heroine ham-strung and tied to the train tracks.  This isn't one of those creative messes that result from a frenzy of sewing productive-ness.  No, this is the stifled result of too many projects in too little space with too little time and too little energy to clean it and organize it.  I literally cannot get to my machine right now...so I keep hand sewing.

Which, as it turns out is pretty satisfying.  This past weekend I finished TWO of my Flower Garden blocks.  I would like to be cutting up the scraps into 1-1/2" pieces to use for the sashing in this quilt but, well, you've seen my cutting table.

And...I am still piecing little houses and Lemoyne star blocks.  I also think I found the background fabric for my stars but that's another post and a whole bunch more indecision.  It's also another big piece of fabric piled on my chair looking for storage space.  My problem now is I've sewn together all the pieces I prepped ages ago and I don't have anything left that's ready for hand sewing.  I need the cutting table.  And more boxes.  Wish me luck.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I'm late

I finally  got around to pulling the winners for the double book giveaway from my last post.  Please forgive my tardiness.  Life, family and work all have been demanding my time and attention lately.  Without any further ado, the winners are Pleasentree and Heirlooms By Ashton House.  Both winners have blogs this time but that definitely wasn't a requirement.  Ladies, your book will be on its way right after tomorrow's holiday.

Somehow, I missed June.  Well, I know how...I just stopped paying attention to everything but my work.  But, I promised myself that things are going to change for July.  I am not letting this summer pass me by without some serious enjoying of lazy days.  I've been playing baby beluga in the pool the last two days and I can only describe it as divine.  The weather is hot, hot, hot and the water is refreshing.

Since I refuse to post pictures of me in a bathing suit I don't have any other photos of what I've been up to so I am going to share a few photos of what I think is one of my most interesting antique quilts.  The one pictured above is a crib quilt (I believe).  As I mentioned in my last post, my favorite style is red and green and it doesn't matter if it's applique or pieced.  This one has both.

Here is a closer picture of the center applique.  In addition to the red and green I like the addition of the pink.  You can also see the machine quilting.

This photo is a little better shot of the quilting.  I love the pieced Lemoyne Star or whatever you call the block with the extra little partial stars (I call it extra work).

Here's a photo of the Lily or Carolina Rose (or whatever you choose to call it) block.  This is another favorite pattern for me.  Someday I'll share pictures of another quilt I have that is completely made from these blocks AND it has signatures!

So, I think we can agree, red and green and piecing and applique are all very nice.  But, I promised interesting so here's the twist:

This is the back of the same quilt.  Granted, it is in pretty rough shape but I believe this part of the quilt is early nineteenth century - my best guess is c. 1830-40.  In addition to red and green I love stars in quilts and the sawtooth border on three of the sides.  Much of the fabric is gone but I really love that blue and only wish I could have seen it in its prime.  

Look at little closer...you can see the machine piecing lines but there is also some hand quilting that only shows on this side of the quilt.  I have no information on this quilt but it brings lots of questions to mind.. Was this an early crib quilt that a later woman decided to extend its life?  Why was the red and green top added?  Why not cover the star side, too?  What about those blocks on the red and green side - were they orphan blocks you decided to put into a quilt?  And, finally, the question we so often have about antique quilts...who made it?

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