At This Busy Time of Year....

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Spring Snapshot of Vintage Quilts and New Quilt with Vintage Fabrics

Spring is officially here in Western Pennsylvania. My Vintage black rocker has received her fresh coat of paint and is ready for service. This particular rocker is well over 100 years old and is held together with metal supports and paint! It is so comfortable and when I sit in it I am reminded of the dear woman who used it all those years. She kept it on her back porch, overlooking her little back garden while shelling peas or mending one thing or another. Always a workbasket at her side, she used her time wisely. Her life and her home were a welcoming embrace into my new family. I will never forget the lessons taught to me by my Husband's Maternal Grandmother.
These rocking chairs are only about 25 years old. I earned them in a job-related contest where I devised a way to reduce electricity costs in my workplace. It was the early 90's and everyone was addressing the need to reduce costs.

The quilts are made by the previously mentioned Grandmother. They are so happy and bright. Made in the 1950's I think, they have companion quilts, same pattern, scrappy stars with white backgrounds. I will show them in another post.

I have not moved the houseplants outside yet, a little too chilly. The porch becomes like a greenhouse during the Summer months. It faces North and provides dappled indirect light through the trees where the houseplants thrive.

On to new business I wanted to share a new quilt made with scrap fabrics that had been joined into 9 patch blocks. Kay had them in her stash and Rose combined them into this quilt. Beautiful. The Ladies of the Cloth clearly illustrate that even non-coordinating fabrics make stunning quilts.
  I think Rose said that this one ended up at 60 inches square. She took the 9 patch blocks and joined them with a white sashing. On occasion you will note a little block within the runs of sashing that she used to join those pieces of fabric.
 If you note the little pink block, in the sashing in the top right corner you will see what I mean. Also note that none of the fabrics in the nine patches really match or coordinate with any others. Some of the blocks have solid color center blocks, some have the same block as the corners.

This is a brilliant way to use up any 2 1/2 inch squares in your left overs. Gather them, sew them into 9 batch squares and when enough are accumulated, join them, sash them, border them and BINGO, a scrap quilt top!!

Have a good day.)


sandi s said...

I love your porch and the quilts on the rockers! I do like your nine patch and it has given me an idea for lay out for mine. I have a basket full of nine patches I've made up but haven't done anything with them. Hugs,

celkalee said...

Thanks Sandi. I spend my after dinner moments on those rocking chairs, great view and peaceful. So many memories. I am in the process of trying to finish up some UFO's and I have a little collection that may also be 9 patch blocks. Good luck with your project. Send me a pic and I will post it here for you.