Thursday, September 26, 2013

Go, Donna!

My friend Donna di Natale heard my talk about improvised quilts the other night and she's now feeling bolder. She found these wonderfully wild blocks several years ago and now is thinking of putting them together.

She wonders about the date of the fabrics. I say it's a mixed bag - there are some fabrics dating from the 1930s well into the '60s.

Donna is thinking of adding plain muslin sashing between blocks, which would be fine. But don't you think we should encourage her to go wild, to add all sorts of stuff? She could just add strips here and there as needed to fit the blocks together. She has plenty of vintage fabrics in her collection. She is thinking of using scissors to cut it out ... What do you think? Let's encourage her, check out her blog!
Go, Donna!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

1930s Improv Nine-Patch

Look at this sweet little quilt I found at our local antique mall. It's a swell design and would be very easy to make.

Here are the actual measurements - the centers measure ~2 3/4" - note that all are not exactly square.

The strips surrounding them are from 1 1/4" to  1 1/2" wide. Eight different fabrics are used in the log cabins - some blocks only use 7 different fabrics.

And then there are the 5 yellow squares. They measure roughly 7 1/2" square.

Make one! I think I will. It could be a nice gift for a little one ...

Monday, September 9, 2013

A Quote regarding Books

It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one.
                                 -Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)

Balzac penned this so long ago, and it is so true still!

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