A sewing weekend – process report

Well, Mother Nature had plans for me this weekend that did not include a trip to the Sully quilt show. You might say, she sullied my plans by sending us rain. (It’s a terrible pun, I know) So nice of her to bookend a dreary rainy Sunday with two perfectly beautiful days.

Okay, it was disappointing but my wallet is probably better for it. Insead, I did the only thing a quilter can do on a rainy day. I planned a new project. I have long coveted the old 9-patch doll quilt pictured in the Celebrate With Little Quilts book. I even bought some new fabrics to reproduce it. But, I knew they could not reproduce the patina of the antique. Soooo, now I have these old blocks and I am going to pick them apart and make 9-patches out of the pieces. Take note of this photo…there’s a giveaway that will be coming out of it soon.

I also figured that if I am starting yet another quilt I should make progress toward finishing something. I finally basted my Cheddar Cheese and Crackers quilt top from Humble Quilts’ January quilt-a-long. I tried the Hera marker tool for marking the straight lines in the cheddar squares and it works like a dream.

And there’s more! I finished all 20 indigo Ohio Stars blocks AND pieced them all into a top. I am deciding whether to add borders or not so look for a photo and query for your opinions on that one. Yes, I know, there are not 20 Ohio star blocks in this photo but I promise, I did make that many.

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  1. The only reason for rainy days is to give the garden a drink and to spend the day in the sewing room. I love the look of the old patches. I wish there was a way to reproduce that aged look, too. So far, the only way I've found is to recycle old clothes. The fabrics aren't always old fashioned prints but the plaids work well. And they are so nice and soft to hand quilt.

  2. You are the second person that I have read on their blog about using fabrics from old quilt blocks. How I wish I still had my collection of vintage/antique quilt blocks.

  3. Sounds like you're incredibly busy! Lovely work. Your Ohio stars are fantastic, love the contrast of the dark blue and white…can't wait to see the finished quilt.
    Happy Quilting,

  4. Sorry to hear your trip to the show was rained out, but you sure made good use of your time?
    Those blue and white blocks are so cute!
    Your cheddar and Crackers is so cute..as is the little quilt from your last post. Definitely worth the time to hand quilt.

    The little doll quilt you want to make is one of my favorites. I have one that's bed sized in my collection of old tops. Very clever of you to take old blocks apart and reuse for instant patina. 😉

  5. Wow, so much fun stuff. Love your blue and white stars, looking forward to seeing them together.
    The four patches are wonderful, I adore four patches!
    Hooray for cheese and cracker quilt!
    sorry to hear about your rain out

  6. I'm sorry you had to miss out on the show. It looks like you got some time in with your machine though. I love those indigo blocks – I look forward to seeing them put together. Those old blocks you are taking apart are…sigh…wondeful – your 9 patch blocks will be marvelous too.

  7. Can't keep a good woman down when the rain spoils her plans. Looks like there is plenty of show and tell coming from you in the next little while. l look forward to seeing how you have set your Ohio stars, ( l HAD to buy some of that blue after seeing your blocks) and the progress you make with your vintage 9 patches.

  8. The 9-patches will be just darlin' won't they! 🙂 And cheddar is always better! LOL I love cheddar and I always enjoy seeing it used well, as in your Cheese and Crackers. And the indigo stars will be fantastic. I'll bet the white stars glow from the quilt top. Great work!
    Mary Lou

  9. How are you setting your Indigo stars together? I love them! And your Cheddar Cheese and Crackers is adorable…I work on two or three different projects at a time as well. I don't seem to be able to focus on one thing at a time…what is up with that? Guess I could blame it on menopause…or too many quilts on my wish list.

  10. Glad you've made it back to the sewing room. Sorry about your quilt plans, but you made lemonade! Cheddar Cheese and Crackers looks great. Love the indigo stars!

  11. I am just so glad to see someone else working on several different projects, all in different stages of the process! Anxious to see how your doll quilt turns out.

  12. What a fantastic post! Yes, I'd love to figure out how to really get the aged patina look with a new quilt. Tea or coffee dying really done'st do it. I can't wait to see your "new" old quilt!!
    I love my hera marker. I also can't wait to see your indigo quilt top. The blocks are gorgeous!

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