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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

170 year old UFO Projects

 Last week, when I offered my new River View quilt kits, much to my surprise, I sold out of them in one day.  Many thanks to those who bought one.  Since then, I have received requests to make more, and I now have a few more to offer.  Click here to order a River View kit.  These will be the last kits available as I cleaned Marcus out of some key fabrics used in the quilt.

Click here to order the River View pattern.

Last week, I went to New England on a vintage fabric search, scouring every nook and cranny I could for these precious pieces of the past.  I came across these rudimentary looking zip bags.....

...filled with surprises from the 19th century.

One bag had dozens and dozens of cut up diamonds, all of 19th century fabrics.  There are many repeats and some rather plain looking prints, but it also contained many splendid treasures!  

Like the brown and red print in the photo above.

To know me is to know I adore make-do fabrics and blocks.  There are many in this treasure bag, but I thought I'd show you one up close so you can see the tiny stitches of two pieces of fabric sewn together (this is called a split seam.) This makes the fabric large enough to cut the diamond shape.  How frugal they were...waste not!

The other zip bag contains hundreds of one inch squares.  

Upon closer inspection, note the squares are paired with a light and dark print.....and, they have been tack-stitched together!  The quiltmaker paired the squares together for her blocks and put a few stitched in them so they wouldn't separate!  My goodness, it took a lot of time to scissor cut them and tack stitch them together.

I (unprofessionally) date the fabrics in both bags to circa 1850.  That makes them 170 year old unfinished projects!  We, as  quilters then and now, through all of these passing years, are ever hopeful we will complete all of our projects.  We cut them and prep them for the day when we will work on them.  It's so heartwarming to me that I have so much in common with my quilting ancestors.  And, I am so often reminded to make-do as they did.

My trip for seeking out 'new' vintage fabric was quite successful.  New England is the best place to hunt for vintage textiles, not to mention lots of other great stuff to do.  

I'll share more of my New England trip in my next post.  Now that I'm back home, I'm back to work on fun, new things for our piecing pleasure.

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well, my friends.

Friday, July 15, 2022

River View! New Quilt Kit and Pattern!


Introducing River View!  My newest quilt design....super scrappy and very easy to make.  It's just strips and squares...no HST, no diagonals, no points.

There are 21 assorted dark prints in the quilt for piecing the blocks.

All Heartspun Quilts fabrics from a variety of collections.

Choose your favorite background fabric from two choices:

This pretty country floral......

...or this traditional floral print.

I chose this whispy medium brown print for the border.  It's also an option for the backing, available at the special price of $10 per yard with quilt kit order.

And....the River View pattern is FREE with quilt kit!

The quilt measures 58 x 66 and will ship in a few weeks.  

Click here to read all details and place your order.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Independence Day America!


Creating patriotic quilts is one of my favorite things to do.  Seems I want to make every patriotic quilt, cross stitch and wool project I see.  Wishful thinking, I know.  If you love patriotic projects like I do, I'm hoping my America quilt above tugs at your heart.

My America quilt is featured in the current issue of Primitive Quilts and Project magazine, Summer, 2022 issue.

The America and stars appliques are super easy as I did them with wool.  The quilt is all pieced and measures 20 x 29 inches.  Pick up your copy at your local quilt shop or favorite newsstand before they're gone!

Wishing you a very Happy Independence Day!

Let there be peace in every land, 

and God Bless America!