Saturday, September 22, 2012

FNSI: Herringbone Baby Quilt

"Friday Night Sew In" 
is hosted by Heidi and her cousin Bobbi, and this month there are over 120 participants!

I continued work on piecing another top, using diamonds leftover from the Pinafore Print Quilt.

As with the previous quilt, this design is from the same Kaffe Fassett book:

and is named "Herringbone Baby Quilt", but I think it would also do as a lap quilt.

Every other vertical row uses the wrong side of the fabric.  I love how it gives such dimension to the top.  And let me tell ya, it seemed ca-razy to be sewing them "wrong sides together"!  Had to keep reminding myself!

I've sewn all of the diamonds together vertically, now to join those rows...should go fast!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mystery Quilt

In early spring, we sorted out my late MIL's effects, but just last week I opened a cute little retro overnight case that belonged to her...

 and looky what was inside...

 A little old baby quilt!

I seem to remember seeing this little quilt a time or two long, long ago.  Notice the well-lovedness of it.

But WHO loved it???  And WHO made it?  There are no labels anywhere :-( and my MIL did not sew.  Mr. T doesn't remember it.
I sure would like to know its history.  

After a careful washing, I began to investigate what it might take to restore.

Something I'd never seen in quilting:  Under the worn/torn blocks was another block
 and look how fresh it appears!

~ no, I wasn't seeing the back side, but 2 blocks had been stacked and sewn together.  No wonder this lil quilt is so H-E-A-V-Y!
Another double block.

The binding is badly frayed, so I've decided to remove it and hopefully replace it with something appropriate to the era.

Maybe I'll find a vintage sheet or some old clothing to piece a binding.  
There are a few projects ahead of this one, but it's in line now!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Update: Pinafore Print Quilt Top

I finished this early last week, but didn't have a chance to shoot a photo.

If I had a do-over, I'd change the location of some of the colors.

Thinkin' about what kind of quilting to do for it...the book says outline each diamond, just 1/4" inside the seams...ugh, that's a lot of turning around and around!