Getting it Done
While my friend Carol was doing some closet cleaning with her mother in law, they came across a dozen 15" applique blocks. Eleanor no longer sews and Carol enlisted my assistance in figuring out what to do with the blocks, since she is not a quilter.
I went to Electric Quilt and gave them a couple of simple setting options. I didn't worry about photographing the blocks, but just took some simple applique blocks from the library. Easy Peasy!
They chose Option 2. I took a half day at a retreat and cut and pieced the setting. To quilt it, I wanted something fairly traditional, but simple. The Baptist fan pattern always works in those situations.
Here is my question for you. What era do you think this quilt is from? I was guessing 50s. However, I learned more in the "reveal" with Eleanor.
I thought I would share the "reveal" with you, as it warmed my heart to see her reaction to her finished project. It really reaffirms why I am a quilter.
Do you have some "old" blocks sitting around? Pull them out and create a quilt that can be enjoyed today.
I am also thinking about doing a future video tutorial on tracing at least one of these blocks using Electric Quilt. Any suggestions on the block to feature? Note the block in the comments section (just note Row Number and whether it is the first second or third block in the row).
Featured Pattern - Sun Rays
I took some new pictures of my Sun Rays quilt this week. I don't think the original photo really did this quilt justice. Here is the new photo.
I thought I would make this my featured pattern of the week. I also loaded the digital version online, so digital copies are available for purchase as well.
The Sun Rays quilt is based on a favorite antique block. The quilt may be completed with seven fabrics or may be scrapped. I suggest using just one background fabric for continuity. On the cover quilt, I used a controlled scrap technique. For this technique, I used the same fabric in each of the main blocks, but used different fabrics for each of these blocks. (For example, I had 12 different Medium Tans – one for each block)
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10/3/2015 10:12:18 am
I would like to see you do work block one in row two on EQ. Good job on that quilt! Your setting showed the blocks off well and the quilting accented it nicely.
10/3/2015 11:00:08 am
Lovely quilts! What Baptist Fan pattern did you use to quilt the first quilt with, Kari?
10/3/2015 12:01:25 pm
10/3/2015 12:43:27 pm
Nice job! I like Row 2 block2- a little different spin on the basket block.
10/3/2015 02:23:58 pm
Hi Kari, oh dear I'm going to say a different block! Although the basket would be interesting. I suggest row 3 column 3. I have been playing with more complex crossing designs on eq but struggle with predictable results using wreathmaker and the eq instruction book aren't helping me that much. Also with these appliques, if you trace do you trace the elements as separate shapes so that you can print templates? Fingers crossed you pick my choice. Thanks for all the tutorials , really helps watching someone work on screen with narrative.
10/3/2015 04:12:15 pm
ROW 1, BLOCK 2
10/3/2015 04:19:39 pm
I think these blocks were from the early 80s when that 'country' look was popular. Medium blue and pinkish were popular colors then too. Altho I never used the pink and blue (I was a brown/tan/rust or blues (dark medium and light) and white color person back then.
10/3/2015 07:48:03 pm
I remember seeing some of those blocks in the 70's and 80's as that was when I first joined a guild and got to really get into learning the art of quilting as well. I think I did at least one of them - - -Row 2 the block on the right of the basket. Wasn't it found in DJ as well??? I actually like that basket of flowers. My vote will be for that one. You did a great job and I tool loved her expression of ahh and surprise. Nostalgia is what drew me to quilting.
10/3/2015 10:15:02 pm
I, too. would like you to do Row 3 block 3. I would like to see how you make the pattern in EQ. I am still learning this program. I really enjoy your tutorials and find them very informative. (I have a hard time with the volumn when playing the video on my Ipad. Can you record your videos a little louder?) Thank you.
10/4/2015 01:01:18 am
I usually have trouble hearing Kari's videos too, but this one was decent for me.
10/4/2015 09:12:05 pm
I, too, like the Row 3, block 3. Your tutorials are great! I don't have EQ but learn a lot from you, Kari.
10/6/2015 05:43:26 am
I like Row 3 block 2. I also have not seen that block before and I think it would look great in different color ways.
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