Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The old and the new....

First I thought I would show you a quilt top for a baby quilt that I made sometime in the past year or so....I really can't remember just when I made it. It might have been closer to two years ago. I had totally forgot making it....it was made with no baby in mind. I did have a couple girls in mind that I thought might be starting a family sometime in the near future, though.

I have a hard time getting a good overall view, so I took a couple pics of it.

And here we have the small 4-patch quilt top I have been working on...over the past fall. I have worked on it here and there...till last week I got serious about finishing it. It is meant to be just a small quilt for the couch....or maybe a kid. Who knows. The 4-patches are 3 1/2 inches square when finished. And the top itself is 49 inches x 59 inches.

We won't tell about the fact that I tried a new pressure foot on my machine...and they were originally going to be 4 inches finished, but due to slight variation in size, I had to resize all the blocks I made. And we won't tell about the hours I spent ripping out seams the last evening or two. More ripping out than I normally do in a year...probably even in two or three years. Not that I don't make mistakes...I usually just catch them before I compound them.

I started making the 4-patches from scraps from other projects...then I got into cutting a few squares from older fabrics that I just want to use up. Still, most of them are from scraps...however the background squares are about half and half. I think I would have liked it better if I had used one main fabric as the background. And I will say that I think the pictures make it look prettier than the actual top is. But usually things grow on me when I quilt them.

I need to get another batting or two...I have a queen sized and I have queen sized tops, but I want to quilt some of these small tops, plus I also have one or two that are skimpy full sized tops.

After I got this last little top done, I have been working on cleaning up my sewing area, and even went so far as to organize some of my fabric by color. I think I could spend all day working on getting my fabric organized. I sure wish I had a place I could organize it all in one spot. I guess I should consider myself lucky that I even have a place to leave my sewing machines set up.

14 comments:

Caron said...

I love the monkey and the giraffe on the baby quilt! While the seam ripping took a long time, I wonder if after a little while it became relaxing. My hand would have cramped, though.

don said...

I don't understand the details, but I like the final look of the work you do! Nice colors and design.

Maple Lane said...

You do lovely work, Rose. I remember my grandma having a big stash of fabric and I loved looking through it!

Sandra said...

really beautiful and looks like a ton of work to me. you are truly talented in making these quilts. love the bright colors

Ellie said...

Your baby quilt looks lovely and quite unique.
Your 4 patch quilt is amazing - all those tiny shapes. Were you not about cross eyes doing that. lol. Looks lovely, you are very good at quilt making.

EG Wow said...

The baby quilt should delight a little one! Lots of colour!

I really like the colours in the 4-patch quilt. My kinda colours, that's for sure!

Linda G. said...

Both quilts are very pretty. I like the second one the most, because of the colors.

Mary said...

I love that baby quilt and the other top is really a pretty scrap quilt. I may decide to do something similar for that lap quilt I want to make. When I look at yours I think how pretty it would be with the colors I have picked out to do something similar....just not sure how to arrange the neutrals with the colors.

Susan said...

Wow, those quilts are beautiful! Must take a lot of patience to make those. I'm impressed!

Joyful Quilter said...

The only thing I will tell is how much I like your quilts. I think the scrapy 4-patch is perfect, I'm glad you didn't use a main fabric for the background.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I drool over quilts ---and yours are awesome. Love the baby one --but the other one is tremendous...

I know you don't make quilts for money---but I would pay you BIG money if you would sometime make George and I a king-sized quilt.... Guess I'm just wishing!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I love quilts and yours are just beautiful! You do very nice work.

Montanagirl said...

Love these! My Grandmothers both used to make quilts.

George said...

I admire you for all the work you do to make these beautiful quilts. Both of these are simply gorgeous.

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