I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Moving on....It seems my current quilt has, well, issues. That made me a little sad but truth is, by the time I sew them suckers up and get them properly pressed I am bored with them. Usually they go to the quilter and by the time they return I am again excited and interested...but really, no big deal.

Instead, let us forge ahead with the next quilt or quilts. I am planning the design for these lovely redwork blocks...

And this one should be fun and wonderfully autumn-y. I love the random serendipity of collecting orphan blocks and making them into a beautiful whole.

So---I have this very beautiful large star c.1890; some Tall Ships, from the US bicentennial, 1976...

...similarly aged smaller sailboats; a redwork bird, c.1910. a 1940's strip border; a bunch of 19th century, post-Civil War smaller stars and a Gambler's Wheel c. 1870, which will have the small cheddar 12 patch inserted into the central section.

Quite a puzzle, hmmm?

This quilt is "Americana primitive"...red or ivory muslin sashings would be the "normal" choice, but that's no fun! I was thrilled to find the cheddar calico on-line recently, though less thrilled when it arrived and the scale was bigger than expected. These babies aren't sprigs, they are clovers or berries. But after laying it out and getting some distance via my digital camera, I think it works.

What do you think?

I'll keep you posted!

PS Modern offbeat stars...

...perhaps a fun vignette for the reverse?



        ....gone to the beach