This quilt holds a beautiful story that has resonated with our 24 Blocks community. Nancy Scott writes “Aunt Velma made the blocks in 1930 from a contest in the Indianapolis Star, one pattern per week. Left it in a box on a shelf till 1976, when she gave it to our daughter Rachel. Rachel put the top together. Friends and family quilted it by hand. Small town, two quilting bees. Those who could quilt taught the rest of us. Everyone’s work was acceptable. Son threaded needles. Husband drew the quilting pattern in the empty squares. Daughters and I all quilted.” It’s a story of creation that has lasted over 80 years. It’s family history in progress. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing it with us.
Everyone of us who quilts is an artist. And, as artists, we can break the rules. If you’ve followed our Facebook page you’ve noticed that Marcella Brown can use her craft in traditional patterns and she can be inventive. We love this! We’ve always had a fondness for crazy quilts and the freedom they imply. Marcella has taken the richness of the fabrics and added buttons in a way that mirrors some of the traditional applique borders of antique quilts. She says, in her post, “Here is a corner of the crazy quilt I made from the fabrics from my son’s wedding. The brighter colors were from my mother-in-law. The quilt weighs about 25 pounds and has 700 to 800 buttons hand sewn on it.” We love, love it! Thanks, again, Marcella, for sharing it with us.
Tina Hambuch calls this “Starburst”. We think it is spectacular! There are the wonderful blocks of colorful and traditional birds and flowers, the basket and a squirrel, all surrounded by energetic stars. It looks like spring and daylight constrasted with a winter’s bright night. Notice, too, how the corner flowers all are of slightly different, but harmonizing colors. Thanks, Tina, for sharing it with our community.
Angel Craddock shared this photo she made 13 years ago of the quilt she made then for her oldest son and his bride. She writes “All the blocks around the edge have something to do with them. “Road to Oklahoma” (where they were married); “Path to the Altar”, etc.”. Several people who commented on it on Facebook remarked that they liked her use of the Log Cabin blocks. Thanks, Angel, for your post!
One can never be lost as long as there’s a quilt block in sight. Liz Argotsinger‘s recent post on our 24 Blocks Facebook page has been popular with our quilting community. While most members share photos of quilts they’ve made or vintage ones inhertited, Liz writes “Thought it would be fun to show something a little different. I have been quilting for years and decided to also start painting quilt squares. I have done 8 so far and am now doing miniatures on some old barnboard I came across. I am currently using a heart quilt pattern as my design for my newest artwork.” Those of us who love Quilt Trails just love seeing the simplicity and clarity of this art form. It is just so iconic. Thank you, Liz, for sharing your art!