Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday Quilt Block May 26

Busy busy busy!!! I've skipped a week but I have new star quilt blocks to share.

First up: California gold.  As Barbara Brackman describes this, this fabric style was chrome orange or yellow designs on a white background.  My first star fits this perfectly.


The fabric is from the "Dear Jane" line of a few years ago and is a printed gingham.  The next star is from a Paula Barnes fabric.


Last week, Barbara discussed serpentine striped fabric - a favorite of mine too.  Very popular for clothing before the Civil War, apparently.  My first star is from the "Circa 1825" fabric line:


And the next one is of fabric I've had in my stash for awhile.


I am linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River and Quilt Story as I do most weeks I have blocks to share. Both blog hops have pictures of pretty quilt blocks and other projects. I am also joining Work in Progress Wednesday - some colorful and interesting projects there!

I have a page on Facebook: keep up with my infrequent quilt posts at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Viridian61/347674418583948?ref=hl

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Quilt block May 12

I've missed a week because I do not have any paisley reproduction fabric.
This past week on Barbara Brackman's Civil War quilt blog, she discusses Conversational prints.  Now of these I have many!!!!



I have held onto that fly fabric for many a year, waiting for the right use!

I am linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River and Quilt Story as I do most weeks I have blocks to share. Both blog hops have pictures of pretty quilt blocks and other projects. I am also joining Work in Progress Wednesday - some colorful and interesting projects there!

I have a page on Facebook: keep up with my infrequent quilt posts at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Viridian61/347674418583948?ref=hl
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for two blocks from the Quilter's Cache

There are not many traditional quilt blocks whose name begins with Z. In my research I went to a favorite website of mine, the Quilter's Cache, run by Marcia Hohn. She has a wealth of traditional and original quilt patterns there, all with accurate templates and well written instructions.

 I respect her copyright, and so I am posting here links to her web pages, and not the images of the quilt blocks themselves.

Z Cross
Zig zag

I can't believe I'm done! Another successful year.  I have no clue what theme I will choose for next year though!!

Viridian
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y is for Yo Yo quilting

Yo yo quilting is more of a technique than a pattern.  You cut circles (about 2 inches in diameter or larger? I've never done this) and press a small hem around the rim of the circle.  Then with thread run a running stitch around the rim (circumference) and draw up, and tie off.  Flatten into a circle with gathers in the middle.  Make lots more and whip stitch together.

My first picture below shows a close up of some yo yo's.


Next, a mat made of yo yo's.


This style of quilt creates a great visual and actual texture, without adding much warmth.  These kinds of quilts started showing up in the 1930's I believe, made with the bright pastel cottons of that era.

My mom remembers starting one of these as a child.  Her aunt started herself and a cousin on yo yo's mainly to keep them out of trouble.  I think the girls tired of it after about 6 yo yo's. 
Not for me either - too much work!

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