With treacherous weather outside I am happily sitting at my table in front of all the windows looking at quilt books – again. What’s not to love about reviewing books?
Why haven’t I ever made a blue and white quilt? I honestly don’t know and I have some really wonderful blue fabrics! This might move to near the top of my list – I prefer those quilts in the book that used multiple blue fabrics. THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION! I am not attracted to two fabric quilts – one blue fabric and one light fabric – very boring. It might as well be made in black and white – no depth or interest. Now that we’ve established my preferences, ha!, I remembered a blue and white book from years ago – home dec, not quilts but this is such a pretty book published by the editors of Victoria Magazine. I spent time enjoying it again this afternoon.
Since I’m on the subject of two color quilts I thought I’d show you a pieced pillow cover that I think is so perfectly pieced that I continue to admire both the front and back and hate to hide the back.
Treasure Hunt by Linda Collins and Leah Zieber
Antique quilts and remakes of antique quilts are a favorite topic with Connie and me. In fact I get just a bit of a deja vu feeling studying this book because Connie and I have purchased many antique blocks over the past 35 years. No, we don’t always know what to do with them but we love shopping for them. We could never afford premium antique quilts but were happy with old blocks. There are some very well thought out uses for old blocks and the remade quilts are lovely.
Meet Alex P Ninny, my nephew’s cat – Danny and Virginia have Alex and their dog, Ruby who visited on Christmas Eve. I loved this picture!
Here are a couple Dirty Dozen finishes. Don’t forget to put your name on the quilt for the picture – and big enough so we can read it!
Look at this perfectly pressed back!
NOW LISTEN UP! We’ve been playing Dirty Dozen for 7 months now and still I have readers (are they really readers???) ask me what it is. My blood pressure spikes when I get some of these questions because I have written about the game repeatedly. No, I don’t know the dates when I wrote about it and I don’t have the time to go back and read 7 months of entries. I have reminded you in the past to bookmark subjects you think you will want to return to in the future.
The Dirty Dozen game is a game of inspiration to finish up older projects. Pick 12 unfinished quilt projects and number them. On the first of each month I will draw a number and will post that number which tells you what project you will work on. You have 30 days to finish and then label with your name and take a photo. I will post your finish – it has been a great way to reestablish your interest in the project and you’ll feel so accomplished when you do finish it.
I’ve been asked once again how I wash quilts. I do not make premium quilts – most lean towards utilitarian quilts and I use my quilts. I wash my clothes with Tide so that figures, doesn’t it, that I also wash my quilts with Tide. I know many will disagree with me but the way I look at it is this – there are more quilts where these came from and I love making them. Depending on how dirty the dogs are will determine how often I wash the quilts – it could be every few days or maybe stretch to two weeks before they head to the laundry.
And now for a final question – one that several of you asked after you saw the quilt in Telly’s chair.
This quilt was made by me about 35 years ago so I needed some time to look for the original book – also by Martingale. This quilt was made with templates! Yes, this is pre-rotary cutters and most of you probably don’t even know HOW to use templates. Do you remember when I taught you how to draft a quilt block?
We will talk about this quilt tomorrow when we will be experiencing a good old Iowa blizzard. This quilt brings up so many questions and we’ll talk then!