This project started from a block exchange on the Treadle On internet group in 2006. All participants made their blocks on people-powered machines (treadles and hand cranks). We signed our names on the blocks, and also included the kind of sewing machine used, with the approximate date the machine was made. This exchange was also called the Pre-1900 block exchange, because we all used machines that dated to before 1900. To make it even more pre-1900, the directions asked us all to use reproduction fabrics. (Not everybody did, but whatever.)
In order to have enough slack (technical term) to stitch the sections together, you can't quilt right up to the joining edges of the sections. I leave at least an inch unquilted.
Next I quilted the area near the joining seam that hadn't yet been quilted.
Lastly, I quilted the borders, and bound with a warm orange plaid.
We're heading into a special holiday weekend, with Independence Day on Monday. I was inspired by Colleen of Piecemaker Quilts to make this little top:
I might quilt this myself, or hand it off to the long armers at the guild. It will go to a child when it's finished.
To all American quilters, Happy Fourth of July! To all quilters everywhere, happy quilting!
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts this week.