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Sorta Vintage

Wonky Christmas star #2 is from my stash of Christmas Fabrics…some going back to the early 1990’s. This is for Katie and Chas.


Not EXACTLY vintage

My neighbor gave me some orphan blocks she had picked up at a rummage sale. I used some to make a baby quilt and donated it to my guild’s sale at the quilt show this summer. I gave some others to friends who will use them in a Safehouse quilt. My guild donates 300 quilts to Safehouse. Every woman and child that come to the domestic violence facility receives a quilt that they can keep.

The blocks I kept were Christmas fabrics from a Minnick and Simpson line that they sold in 2005. So, not exactly vintage, but the colors were perfect for Andrew and Molly’s house in Holland.

I arranged the blocks so I had the light color dispersed evenly. The curved blocks were ironed onto the background so I used a buttonhole stitch to appliqué them.

I found a pattern for a nutcracker, had it enlarged and marked it on the quilt top. I added some seed beads for details. WHY does anyone like hand sewing beads???

I quilted ornaments, trees, JOY & Merry Christmas Andrew & Molly. These colors are perfect for them.

Oops, the backing is upside down. Oh, well.

Irish Chain for Lottie

I couldn’t resist this quilt. It was a little more than I usually spend. 78×80 ish

The backing was the same as the sashing. That’s a lot of fabric!

The block is Ohio Star. Some of them are not quite square.

I used only some of the sashing and some muslin (that had been on the back of another quilt) to make little 9 patches.

You can still see where the muslin was hand quilted with some fairly heavy weight thread.

I had one block left over for the label. I used Lori Kennedy’s square flower with a variegated thread for quilting in the muslin.

After it was washed all the old quiltings lines disappeared. It’s 55″ square. Now….I have plans for those Ohio Star blocks.

Painted Snowball

Nancy Cabot wrote an article in the July 25, 1933 Chicago Times about a Wyoming quilter who whimsically named this block Painted Snowball. If you wanted you could send 5¢ for the pattern.

Dale bought 20 blocks for $24.00 in 2019. Originally they were appliquéd to muslin, then re appliquéd onto many different white fabrics.

I found the setting in a book by Joe Cunningham and Gwen Marsten.

It was really windy the day Andrew and Dale tried to hold it up for me. Plus – it’s BIG.

I mentioned it was BIG – king size. And I quilted it .

Worn Stuff

A well loved quilt and worn dress shirts combined make a really cool adult lap quilt. One of the guys Dale hired years ago gave me some worn dress shirts to shorten the sleeves. I decided I didn’t want to do it, so I gave them back. Then he gave me a worn quilt his grandma had made him in the mid to late 70’s. So, I asked for the shirts back because I had an idea. The pattern I chose didn’t have quite the contrast I had hoped. But I still like how it turned out. And, he loves it. He has great taste in shirts – he used to work for John Boyer in Ann Arbor.

Every time I saw those black squiggles on the pink/purple/white and green stripe I thought it said Nieman Marcus.

The horse fabric is from the 1940’s. Most of the fabrics were from the 50’s – 60’s. There may have been a couple feed sacks too.

The patterned fabric on the back is from the back of the quilt. His sister said it was a sheet they used to use. The blue is an old gingham sheet.

It’s 54″ square.

Extra Mustard Please

with a ‘lil bit of ketchup

Very thin string quilt with very ugly blue sashing – $8.00

82 x 68

I backed all the usable blocks with lightweight interfacing. When I had the sawtooth border done I realized it needed just a little bit of ketchup. The mustard fabric was a perfect color but it was a looser weave and did not play nice with the the other fabrics. It’s a little wavy. Oh, well…..

Seven, Dash, Nine

The 7 pointed star is a weird math problem. I don’t know how it was made, but it actually laid flat (which isn’t easy with any star). The star was a table topper I bought from an estate sale.

I changed the end of the star from white to a tiny blue check. You’ll notice in the quilt that one of those points is a little ‘bent’.

Lots of these blocks from a very thin Churn Dash top went well with the center star.

Lots of small 9 patch blocks to add to the next round.

The back.

It’s 75″ square and even though my math major daughter says ‘you can’t do that’ she would like this hanging in her living room. Seven pointed start – Churn Dash – 9 patch.

My own outdoor quilt show

Dale suggested to our financial guy that I display quilts on the fence to the horse paddock at the picnic he hosts for clients. We took 30 quilts (dale says never again that many). It was when I was writing up a little blurb about each one that I realized I had done 38.

I brought them from the cabin, home, Katie’s & Andrew’s and Frank’s. It was so cool. Lots of people liked the Circus Quilt (the big hexagon).

All the Moorestown Moderns

Scrappy quilt from the Moorestown cabin we shared with a friend.

Moorestown Modern #1 This is our friend’s daughter’s. She grew up going to the cabin, babysat our kids and still loves coming back to Michigan so she can go to the cabin. (2018)

Back #1. The black print is from the back of the original quilt.



This is the first time I quilted a mandala. This is our friend Frank’s. It goes between the Moorestown cabin and Mesa Arizona. (2020)

#2 Back

#3 Just 1/2 square triangles. But a total surprise on the back. (2021)

Back #3. I was so surprised how this looked on the back. Our friend bought this from me for his daughter who lives in California.

The other scrappy quilt.

#4 Double Wrench. This is Katie’s. (2021)

#4 back

#5. Block is Handy Andy. This is Andrew’s (it’s a coincidence that he picked this block without knowing the name). 2021

#5 Back. The print fabric is from Indian Head Mills I think it was feed sack yardage I got from an estate sale.

#6 and FINAL. Block is Bear’s Paw. This lives at the cabin on Lake Superior. Pieced in 2021 – finished 2022.

#6 Back. Both fabrics from an estate sale.