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Comment by Sandy Larkey on February 2, 2019 at 4:44pm

Prairie Quilter, how many blocks are there?  What pattern are they?  And size?  Could you possibly  set them diagonally with some appropriate solid setting blocks and make a lap quilt?   We (my quilt members and I) have found that a diagonal set makes just a few blocks go a lot further than you think when you just look at the individual blocks.  Since you're talking about a bed runner, I assume there's four or five.  A diagonal set with five blocks, four in the corners and one in the middle, with setting blocks would make a useable lap, or baby, quilt.  Well, mourning prints, maybe not a baby quilt! 

Handstitcher, sorry--I hadn't seen the quilt for some time; it's under a "modern" quilt on my stair railing, to protect it from hands running along the railing.  It wasn't an ice cream border, it's portions of the ring arcs to make the scallops, with a triangle setting piece between the ends of the arcs.  Why the appraiser said the scalloped border knocked down the value was that most people who bought it at auction would want to hang it on the wall, and the scallops would make that difficult. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 2, 2019 at 1:14pm

Oh, handstitcher.  What a labor of love THAT will be.  We'll look forward to seeing it. 

I have just a few pieces of quilt blocks - obviously something in progress from my g.g. grandmother - mourning prints also.  I keep thinking I could put them together some way.  There's just enough for a bed runner, I think.  I was moved when they showed up in the mail from my aunt with a letter explaining where they came from.    

Comment by handstitcher/IL on February 2, 2019 at 7:07am

Thanks everyone! I tried other solids, but they just didn’t have the spark the blue seemed to lend to the quilt. I, too, have noticed that while the 1930s reproduction prints have fallen out of vogue, the new fabric lines definitely mimic the fabric and feedsacks of the 1940s. I love them! 

Sandy, I’m suprised that an ice cream cone border was considered a negative. I think they’re lovely, and they usually up the value on Dresden plate quilts. The apple green is an acquired taste, but personally, I like quilts that are representative of the era. I have a green Dresden plate top and an orange (yes, orange) double wedding ring top waiting to be finished. Neither would win a beauty contest, but they make me smile.  Both are vintage 40s tops. 

Moving back in time for my next quilt. I started quilting a late 1800s full sized top pieced by my g-g-grandmother. Should definitely keep me busy for several months. I’m loving the mourning prints and dark fabrics and it’s in pristine condition. 

Comment by AnnetteJ on February 1, 2019 at 3:22pm

Handstitcher, what a great little quilt!  I have to say I am really drawn to those 30s prints and just can't seem to shake that "welcome home" feeling everytime I see one.  A couple of weeks ago a girlfriend and I went to one of our LQS and they had just received a shipment of fabrics that had the same feeling to me.  Although a new line, and I'm sorry but I didn't find out which line it is, I was once again feeling the pull and will more than likely have to have a but of stash enhancement as soon as I decide what to do with them.  Good thing she didn't have a FQ bundle or I would have bought it right there & then.  Being as how I have promised myself no new quilts this year, I could enhance my stash LOL.

Carla, you are really making positive progress on your stars.  It's amazing what a longer stitch can do for finishing up a project within a short amount of time.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on February 1, 2019 at 11:05am

Handstitcher, your baby quilt reminds me of one my Aunt Hazel did.  The blocks she used were Grandmother's Fan, and set them together in a similar fashion.  Hers was a bed size quilt so she had more blocks, therefore could have more "rings".  Then she finished it off with an "ice cream cone" scalloped border.  I took it to a quilt appraiser one time, and was told the setting was called Serpentine or Mohawk Trail.  Aunt Hazel's was done in 30's fabrics for the fan blades and an apple green for the quarter circles.  The appraiser also told me $2,200 to $2,500--if I sent it to an auction house on either coast.  She also said the value would have been more if not for the apple green, and the scalloped border.  Have to say, I think your blue makes it a lot prettier. 

Comment by diane on February 1, 2019 at 5:45am

I just heard we are to have a 100 degree difference between last wednesday and sunday! It was -45 Wednesday and is to be in the mid 50's Sunday!

My daughter lives in Wisc. and said her kids have only had 1 1/2 days of school since the 17th!

Comment by Carla on January 31, 2019 at 5:28pm

So pretty Handstitcher!  The addition of the blue really was a good call.  It really looks vintage so you did it justice. I noticed that feed sacks are making a come back as some new lines of fabric this year. The colors from that era always make me feel happy!

Annette  you did take a big bite but oh how wonderful it will be!  I like to listen while I stitch too!  I am working on the outer row of stars on my quilt which really has gone pretty quicily with the addition of the big stitching.

To those of you up north, I feel for you. Brings back memories of living in Wisconsin in the mid 1980s when there were some severe winters.  But it's suppose to warm up going to the mid 70s here in Texas on Sunday so hopefully some of that sunshine is coming your way.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 31, 2019 at 2:37pm

Great finish!  I love those vintage fabrics and blocks.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on January 31, 2019 at 2:36pm

You did a great job reclaiming the Dresden blocks. Love the bold contrast of the blue, it actually helps my eye move around the quilt.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 31, 2019 at 12:53pm

Here’s my latest finish, a baby bunting wall hanging made of 9 vintage 1940s Dresden  Plate blocks. Since I already have a full size 1940s Dresden Plate waiting to be quilted, I took these blocks apart and rearranged them. I also appliquéd the blue quarter circles over the muslin background to perk it up a bit. It’s hand appliquéd, machine pieced and hand quilted. Unfortunately, the quilting doesn’t show up well in the photo.

Been nice having these two cold days off, but it’s back to work tomorrow...at least for one more day.


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