Tuesday, October 12, 2010

At last!

At last this quilt is on my dining room wall. I bought the top at our downtown antique mall about 10 years ago - it was a Christmas present to myself. Earlier this year I dug it out, repaired the seams that had unraveled, and asked Eula Lang to machine quilt it. She gamely accepted and did a wonderful job. She did make the necessary comments:
1. The edges are not straight but I'm assuming you know that.
and
2. Not everything could quilt out.

How I love being able to look at it on the wall. What kind of fabric diary was this? Just when I think I see some pattern or order, it goes away. There are nine-patches! There are 12 patches and everything in between.... Some fabrics reappear all over but there is one section that was definitely added at a different time with very different fabrics - the lower right corner. Most of the squares are 1 1/2" square but they get larger in that corner. And notice that lone long strip in the upper right corner.

My dad likes to count things. As I was binding this the other night, he whipped out a yardstick and counted blocks in one corner. He estimates there are more than 1,600 squares in this quilt. I'm not going to count and confirm that right now but I can tell you it measures about 70" x 78".

If you want to see a little more about my quilts, see a nice blog BB wrote about me on our guild web site.

11 comments:

  1. lovely. I would have fun looking at this over my morning cereal every day. nice post BB wrote about you!

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  2. Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. Nice show of your quilts on the Kaw blog! They are each so different, but you can see the thread that makes them yours.

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  4. I love this quilt. I can only imagine how beautiful it must make your dining room wall!

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  5. I wish I had a large wall to display a quilt like this....awesome.

    Also enjoyed the Kaw Blog! Wish our guild had a similiar one.

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  6. Wow!!! I find it very inspirational. Just keep making blocks of square and jam them together. What fun!!! Bonnie

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  7. love it, truly love it! I definitely noticed that extra strip added in to make it go together - definitely my kind of quilter!

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  8. I keep going back to look at this! I'll bet it's hard to leave your dining room. Think I'd have to put my sewing machine in there.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous. I'm in the process of re-creating as closely as possible a 9-patch quilt (made entirely from scraps) that a friend made - she was nearly finished when it was almost entirely destroyed in a fire in her home. I just sent her a link to your blog :)

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  10. Oh boy! Did this quilter ever have fun! Love it! Love it!!! I love the comment above about just jamming it together!hahahhaa! I've got to do one of these FOR SURE. I'm going to go throw some square together right now.

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