It seems like the only time I talk about quilting is after a sewing day with my girlfriends. Saturday was National Quilting Day, and we worked on a great group project. Several months ago we decided to make a Valentine's Day quilt, using red and pink fabrics. We picked the Spiderweb pattern from Eleanor Burns' series of books from the 1990's.
We love to do group projects where we either sew blocks for each other or swap fabrics - on this quilt we did both! We all cut tons of red and pink strips, and then one girl wanted some lavender in hers, then another wanted some lime green, so we cut those colors too. Then one girl wanted just pink and lime green... I chose pink and red but asked one girl to throw in a few green strips for a zinger. Before we met, we cut our background/foundations and sewed the first strip on each side. On our sewing day, we passed ours around and sewed our strips on each others' foundations.
Isn't it fun to see how the foundations go together? You have to be careful of the long bias edge, but its a cool pattern. Here's my finished top, waiting for a border (which I've ordered from equilter.com)
Doesn't this make you smile? Everyone's turned out really cute. This will be a nice lap-sized throw. We didn't get these done for Valentine's day, but they will be ready for next year. One of the girls in our group works at the LQS, so we might let her hang these in the shop if she decides to offer this quilt as a class.
I've been quilting a long time, you know, more than 25 years. Here's one of the first bed sized quilts I ever made - a 9-Patch Snowball. Does anyone remember the Trudie Hughes quilt pattern books? This quilt is from one of her books.
Actually I think this one is from around 1989-1990. I made my 2 baby quilts in 1980 and took a break for a few years, until the kids were older. This one's pretty tattered - its on our bed a lot of the time - and I don't mind the dogs being on it. Obviously some fabrics were better than others, as the worn pieces are a couple particular fabrics that didn't wear so well. This quilt was machine-quilted in a leaf design pantograph.
How many of y'all were quilting when this fabric from VIP/Cranston was a quilting staple? I saw many quilts with this brown floral in them; it was also available in a blue/pink colorway. This fabric was so popular in the 80's and 90's - back when fabric companies printed their popular designs for several years' run.
This was a really popular pattern in the 90's too - it was easy to make using rotary cutting and strip sewing techniques, which were fairly new back in those days. I haven't seen many of these being made lately, except for baby quilts. The snowball blocks are a perfect place to use those cute kid print fabrics. Perhaps I'll give it another try sometime soon - I found a couple of really darling kid fabrics in my mom's stash the other day - when I was looking for pink and red fabrics for the Spiderweb quilt. Don't we all need to keep some baby quilts on hand for gifting?