Featured Member Quilts: November 21 Morning

Good Morning from 24 Blocks! Morning is a good time to celebrate the beauty that our fellow quilters can achieve in many different ways. There are so many kinds of fabrics that can be used, so many patterns, so much room for creativity, so many memories to stitch. Here are just a few we’ve selected to highlight. All are from our readers’ posts.

If you’d like to share a photo and description of a quilt you’ve made, or a vintage quilt from days gone by, just come to the 24 Blocks Facebook page and upload your photo. Describe the quilt as best you can including the pattern name and source, if you used a pattern, and any construction details that you can pass along. We especially love hearing about quilts that have family stories, quilts made for charity or as gifts or for a celebration, quilts made by guilds or quilting groups, quilts holding memories, and works made by new quilters. We love the history and heritage of quilts, those made by the hands of grandmothers and great-grandmothers who follow in long traditions. We’re all a part of a community that goes back generations. As we celebrate our art, it’ll continue to go on in differing ways over the generations to come.

from Suzanne Wills: ““Hearts for Helen”. 60″ x 80″ have been building it for over a year – truly Joyful Perserverence(my definition of quilting)

We love how the hearts make 4-leaf clovers… hearts and good luck do go together! The gentle color scheme is relaxing. It’s beautiful and has been very popular with our readers.

from: Deb Richards: “I just finished this last night. When my grandmother passed away I received her 16 gallon tote of scraps and while looking through I also found scraps of the same fabric that were in a quilt that my great-grandmother made for me as a wedding gift. I was very excited and wanted to do a quilt that would contain pieces from me, my mom, grandma, and great-grandma. There are 100 stars each with different fabric and if you see a star that looks like reproduction fabric – it isn’t reproduction 🙂 This was such a joy to work on and has and will continue to keep the memories of my grandmothers alive.”

We, of course, love quilts that hold family memories. When we know the origin of vintage fabric, whether it came from a general store or fabric shop that existed decades before…or from feed sacks…or came from clothes worn or leftovers from other sewing projects…it all adds a depth of feeling that we can pass on. We all appreciate getting to share a bit in Deb’s quilt. Those 100 stars can light up many family gatherings as the quilt can be a focal point for the passing on of stories. Notice, too, the hearts inside of each star. The use of a repeating solid…and yellow…for each center holds it all together. Just nicely done!

from: Cass Wood: “Levi quilt by me”

This is a close up of Cass’s version of a classic “Cathedral Window”. It’s a delight to see. Cass also writes, “I cut the Levi in circles and the patterned fabric in squares. Then I used the iron on adhesive fabric and ironed the squares in the center of the circles. Then folded the circles over the square.” For this quilt she cut the circles from old pairs of jeans, something she said “took forever”. She used a cardboard circle for a template. She’s now making another quilt but has purchased the denim material from a fabric store. The store also had a machine that cuts circles…a real time and hand saver!

from: Terry Lou Myers: “My latest log cabin quilt. Going in the mail soon to it’s forever home!”

There are a good number of patterns out there for making very interesting variations, like Terry’s, on the traditional Log Cabin. One popular source are the books & patterns by quilter Judy Martin. Log Cabin quilts have a very long history, but became popular in the United States during the Civil War. Some historians believe that the name of the block was based on the popular association at that time with President Lincoln being born in a log cabin. Traditionally, half the block was made with dark strips and half with light. Red in the center was thought to mean the warm fireplace in the cabin; a yellow center a welcoming light in a window. Tradition has it that a Log Cabin quilt with a black center that was hanging on a clothesline signaled a safe stop on the Underground Railroad.

During the Victorian period, Log Cabins took a fancier turn and were often made like crazy quilts with the strips in velvets and silks. Today they can be any way we want them.

Thanks to Terry, Cass, Deb, Suzanne, and everyone else who has shared their love of quilting with our community at 24 Blocks. Quilt On!

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