There are some quilts that just say that summer is a happy time. This is Sharon Mck Mason‘s “watermelon quilt.” She made it for her sister. Don’t you love the way she has it displayed outside with her beautiful flowers and resting on summer wicker? Sharon says that she really likes the pinky red fabric and that it came from JoAnn. We love the quilt, too! Thanks, Sharon, for your post.
Louise Landis Allen’s work shows that color and fabric choices can totally change a traditional pattern like Dresden Plate or Aster into something very modern. Louise made it for the daughter of a friend who chose the colors. It looks like a lipstick red/coral that is a standout against the grey and the animal print black and white. It is beautiful. Thanks, Louise, for sharing it with us all at 24 Blocks.
Ruth Ferguson‘s Dresden Plate is stunning for it’s layout and the border and the use of color. Notice how, on her border, the flower/plate centers are all peaking out perfectly centered at the block joins. Her use of the complementary colors of yellow and violet, also at differing intensities, for the basic colors creates a visual appeal that is classic. The mint green mediates. It is really a very beautiful work of art that says “Wake up, it’s a new bright day” and “Calm down, the sun is setting” all in the same quilt.
Many of us came from families that had a few “good” quilts “for company” that were classic appliques or intricate blocks made frequently from “store-bought” or even home-made fabrics. They were cared for with love. The cats did not jump on those beds and neither did the children. Then there were the quilts that really were used. They came from dresses and shirts that were beyond repair, not because they were memory quilts, but because that was thrifty in a time that “Waste not, want not” was a key value. Feed sacks came in handy, too, and left-over fabric from the making of new clothes or pillows or curtains. It’s part of the tradition of quilting.
Rozann Mason reminds us of that tradition, and how to keep it doing in an easy way, in her description of this lap quilt. She writes,
“Hereis a quick wheelchair/lap quilt I put together out of 30’s reproductions. A shoutout to Anne Wiens, who wrote “The Thrifty Quilter”. She recommends cutting your leftover fabric in specific sizes, and it makes it really easy to put something together when you need something fast.”
Thank you, Rozann. It’s a quilt that will be welcomed and so will the story that goes with it.
Brenda Jennings DeVore posted this photo of her amazingly beautiful classic quilt using both applique and piecing. It has been popular with our readers. Brenda’s only comment on her post was “Mansfield“. We just know that it is very beautiful and would like to thank Brenda for sharing it with our readers.
Thanks to everyone who has posted photos of the quilts they’ve made, or vintage ones they’ve inherited or purchased.
If you’d like to share a quilting project, or finished quilt, with our community just come to the 24 Blocks Facebook page and upload a photo. Our readers really like getting information about the pattern name and source, the process used in construction, any tips you’d give others wanting to try it out, and how you were inspired to make it.