Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This beautiful scrap quilt belongs to the New Berlin Historical Society. According to the former owner, when Emma Stickels Paul was 21 years old, in 1862, she made this quilt in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.
The donor of the quilt inherited it from his mother, who acquired it from Emma's husband. The donor was Emma's nephew.
It would be fun to trace the genealogy of the family. The date of 1862 seemed right to those of us who saw it in person, which included 3 AQS certified quilt appraisers.
Wouldn't this be a fun pattern to sew? I think I'd make it as an 8 in. block, with a 4 in. center square, four 2 in. squares for the corners, and 8 triangle/squares that finish at 2 in.
If you made the center square 6 inches, and the squares and triangle/squares 3 in., you'd have a 12 in. block.
I'll be entering this quilt into our section of the Quilt Index in the next few days. We already have 448 quilts entered. If you'd like to see them, or any others, just point your browser to
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Here's a simple block to make with feed sacks and solid cottons. It finishes 8 in. square.
For each block:
Cut 4 2.5 in. squares of print feed sacks, 2 of each print, and make a four patch.
Cut 4 rectangles from the white feed sacks, each measuring 2.5 in. x 4.5 in.
Make 4 triangle-squares that finish 2 in., using your favorite method, from white feed sacking and a solid color that goes with the print feed sacks. I like to use the Easy Angle tool and cut the triangles from 2.5 in. strips. Then I sew them together in pairs.
Now the triangles are sewn into squares.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Waiting to get my "squishy" (technical term for the package of blocks) in the mail was like waiting for Christmas when I was six. It was so worth it! The variety of blocks and prints was wonderful. It was fun laying them out on the floor and fitting them together. I added a few blocks with light backgrounds to jazz it up a bit. I made lots of flying geese for the border on my Minnesota A, looking out the dining room window.
It's been 10 years now, and I can hardly believe it's passed so quickly. My favorite time to work on this quilt was in the fall. It was hard to make myself do the quilting any other time. I just finally finished the quilting last year.
I'm including a few more pictures. If you see a block you made, could you let me know? I once had a list of all the participants, but I'm afraid it disappeared. I know Windy Cindy made the pink batik blocks.
I'm still working on the feedsack pinwheels, and I will post a tutorial shortly. Even there, I'm finding bits of orange.
Here's hoping you are enjoying this season too.