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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