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Friday, January 31, 2014

Using antique quilt blocks and other projects

Artist and fabric designer, Kaffe Fassett likes to incorporate antique blocks with his wonderful fabrics as backgrounds. Here, he adds some hexagon pieced "Grandmother's Flower Garden" blocks onto a busy background fabric.

When Mother moved in with us, she brought a lot of sewing items, including a basket of blocks which her mother had pieced. After seeing what Kaffe did, I got her started on appliquing the blocks in a similar manner onto a green print background. She sewed them on using a blanket stitch with embroidery floss in various colors. I wish I had taken a photo of her working on this, but I didn't.....

 

Here is the family quilt top, inspired by Kaffe's quilt.

 

Now it has a border of pale green paisley fabric............

 

 

.......and I am quilting it with utility quilting stitches using #8 perle cotton.

To condition the perle cotton and help it to glide through the fabric, I use Thread Heaven....which comes with sparkles on top and is in a little blue box!

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Other projects this week.....the dreamsicle quilt for a guild member,

Two more blocks arrived in the mail today and are now in the quilt top! (sunbonnet sue and the string pieced with pumpkins). Many guild members have made these blocks and I have a volunteer with a long arm machine who will quilt it for us!

I should soon be finished with piecing this Scrappy mountain majesty quilt ( pattern available, free on Quiltville blog).....

And I have a kit for this top also....."Lorna Doone " from Glorious Color fabrics (from a book by Kaffe Fassett).

I just love the aqua and the florals!

 

3 comments:

Sue in the Wood said...

Beautiful. When my father was a teenager in the 1920s he had polio...and while he was sick he made a quilt.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Well you've been so busy. I love the family Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt - a great way to use up the blocks. The others are wonderful too - my favorite is the mountains!!!

Janet said...

Lila, don't faint...it's really me! Somehow I lost your blog from my reader but I've put it back on as of today.

Looks like you've been very busy! I love the quilt top inspired by Kaffe Fassett.

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