Monday, July 5, 2010

There's a Square in There and a vintage rescue

I've had this pattern ( There's a Square in There)  for a while now, written by Kate Conklin and finally decided to cut it out this weekend. It was a really fun pattern to both cut and sew and her instructions were spot on. I used Fresh by Moda which is very bright and cheerful so this will probably end up as a picnic quilt for somebody. Can't you just picture the ants crawling across it one by one....

I've also been working again on a vintage quilt top ( Old Maid's Puzzle pattern) that I rescued from a local flea market and spent hours last year fixing all the places it was coming apart. I backed it with a reproduction 1930's fabric and was questioning whether I would hand quilt or machine quilt it. I've had it sandwiched for almost a year now and decided if I waited until I had time to hand quilt it, it would never get done and someone else would have to rescue it in another 20 years. I feel so sorry for these quilt tops that are living out their lives just stored in boxes in all these stores and for some reason I feel compelled to buy them and bring them home. So, I machine quilted it this weekend and it's ready for binding and finally after all these years it will get used this winter and spend the rest of it's life in plain sight. I'm sure the backing and machine quilting have ruined it's integrity but I loved the pattern and loved that someone spent that many hours hand piecing it with all their cherished scraps. I'd love to know where it started life.


  1. I always think about the story behind quilts like that. It might be the historian in me coming out, but imagine what your rescued quilts have seen...

  2. I love what you've done with my pattern! You have to tell me next time! Let me know once you've quilted it - can't wait to see what you do. Its good to know to that the pattern makes sense. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night worried that I've left out some essential step!

    And the vintage quilt looks great. I agree - finish it off so it can be enjoyed!

  3. I just LOVE your barn swallow pics ... nature at its best.

    Your quilt salvage is fabulous, I always look for feedsacks in these old ones since I sell/have over 3,000 feedsacks. It will be exquisite when you complete your work .

    Have a lovely day ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon