Saturday, April 17, 2021

Safe at Home

 Welcome to Treadlestitches!

It's finished!  Safe at Home is my name for my house quilt, one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects for 2020.

Last week, it was a roadblock.  This week, it's done and the way ahead is clear.

The pattern I used is called Home Made, was designed by Monique Jacobs, and was published in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, issue # 162.  I used the house pattern, but made more blocks and set them differently than the original.  

When I started making the blocks in January of 2020, I had no idea what the year would bring.  I was just having fun using scraps of vintage fabrics, feedsacks, and 1930s reproductions in the color of the month.  

In March, the illness and death of the pandemic hit New York hard, and it was suddenly terribly real to all of us all over the country.  Home was more important than ever, as millions of kids (including our grandchildren) started virtual school, and millions of adults either worked from home or were unemployed.  

This quilt will always represent 2020 to me: the worry and fear we all felt every time we sneezed or coughed, the hilarious zoom fails of virtual preschool, the mask making, the dreaded toilet paper shortage, and the uncertainty still hanging over everything.

As I've mentioned on this blog before, I used a quilt-as-you-go method on this quilt.  (After all this time, I must admit I am REALLY tired of this backing fabric.)  I will be posting more on the way I do this in the near future.

 The border is a vintage 1930s-1940s print fabric, probably meant for dresses or blouses.  I only had just over a yard of it, so that determined how wide it would be.  I quilted simple diagonal lines in the border, and bound the quilt with a green solid, also vintage, from my basement "collection".


 My youngest grandson, whom I call Baby Buddy, was not really in a posing mood yesterday.  He's sort of ho-hum about the whole thing.

In other news, I got a few more half square triangles done for this year's RSC.  These are loose on my design wall, not yet sewn into groups of four, but this may end up being what I do with them.

And the blue ice cream cones!  I looked up some blue colored ice cream flavors on Wikipedia, and was surprised to find out about Blue Moon ice cream, invented in Milwaukee!  So I'm saying the cone on the bottom left is Blue Moon.  Above it is Blue Heaven, a blue colored Australian ice cream flavored with vanilla and raspberry (mine has little candies), next to a Blueberry ice cream with raspberry ripple and tiny sprinkles.  Lastly, we have a truly original imaginary flavor, blueberry with Victoria sponge cake, strawberries and cherries.  All this, and no calories.

Outside, the rhubarb is getting taller and looking very healthy.  Little Buddy hoped it might be ready to cut.  I made him some rhubarb cake from last year's canned rhubarb, so he's content to wait a little longer.

Leaves are appearing on the black raspberry canes, an encouraging sign.

Spring is progressing as it always does here, two steps forward and one step back.  There was frost on the grass this morning, but sunshine the rest of the day.

I'm wishing sunshine for you this week, and blue skies.

Cheers for reading,

Sylvia@Treadlestitches

Linking up with:

Angela at So Scrappy
Cynthia at Oh Scrap










30 comments:

  1. BLUE blocks and a beautiful RSC quilt finish, Sylvia? Nice work!!

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    1. Thanks, Joyful! I'm really loving blue month, I have so many blue scraps!

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  2. I enjoy reading about your different ice cream flavors. I’m still not sold on blueberry ice cream, but love your blocks! Little Buddy and I are on the same page. I made rhubarb cake this week too! Yummy!

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    1. Hi, grammajudyb! It's nice to know somebody else makes rhubarb cake. We love it here.

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  3. Spring always does seem to be two steps forward and one step back, doesn't it?! But not your Safe at Home quilt - it's wonderful! And the picture of Baby Buddy on it is precious, too. He must have had something different in mind to be doing!

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    1. Thanks, Diann! I wish I knew what that little guy is thinking. Sometimes it's obvious (bananas! cat!), other times he's inscrutable.

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  4. What a beautiful finish. Two steps forward and one back is still progress, so that sounds like an improvement.

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    1. Thanks, Angela! Spring comes slowly here, but it does come, and it makes us pathetically grateful for any nice weather in April.

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  5. Your Safe at Home quilt will certainly bring back memories of the last year! All over the world people have been spending time safely locked up for various times, all for our own safety of course. Love your blue icecream cones!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! Now I'm wanting to try all kinds of ice cream flavors I never knew existed.

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  6. The houses are adorable. Love the ice cream cones. No calories... lol.

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  7. Despite all the memories he can carry, it's a beautiful quilt, Sylvia.
    Your ice cream blocks are fun and I will choose the one with no calories, please.

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  8. Safe At Home is such a pretty quilt. Nicely done in spite of Baby Buddy not appreciating it at that moment. The ice cream cones will certainly morph into an amazing quilt as well.

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    1. Thanks, Susie H! I am learning a lot about ice cream flavors and colors. So much fun.

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  9. Your words about covid ring true and the quilt is a great representation - so many kinds of blue ice cream sounds yummy

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    1. Thanks, maggie! I'm not sure I've ever eaten any blue ice cream. But I can fix that!

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  10. What a beautiful and meaningful house quilt! Safe At Home is a super finish and looks sooooo soft and snuggly. Baby Buddy will warm up to it, I'm sure :)

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    1. Thanks, Louise! I think Baby Buddy is partial to bright quilts with novelty fabrics. Or maybe he just needed to burp.

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  11. I LoVe your "house" quilt but the "ice creams" are a fantastic idea.
    Nice job on both...

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I got the ice cream idea from maggie f whose blog is called Making a Lather. I made up my own version of the pattern.

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  12. Your house quilt is precious and the ice creams are unique! I too am watching the rhubarb grow. . .I too made a coffee cake out of some frozen rhubarb. The fresh stuff will be here soon!

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  13. LOVE your house quilt! I recall blue huckleberry icecream, and blackberry icecream also being purple!

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    1. Thanks, QuiltGranma! I think even blueberry ice cream is probably purple too. They turn purple when you squish them. Can't wait for purple month! Mmm, blackberry ice cream!

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  14. Your house quilt is so so pretty. Those are my colors. And what fabulous ice cream blocks.

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  15. Safe at home is great!! and Baby Buddy oh my - he is still cute when not in a posing mood!

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    1. Thanks, Alycia! Isn't it amazing how cute even a pouting baby can be?

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