Monday, June 23, 2014

Baby whole cloth quilt

It has been a busy week, cleaning out and clearing out my childhood home.  Wednesday my son and daughter-in-law will take up residence for a while.  It's temporary, but they need to make it their own home, so at least the main floor of the house needs to be cleaned out as if the house were being sold.  It's been a huge job, but I think we're almost there.  One book case to go!  Carpets were cleaned today and they look so much better!

Such adorable little kittens!
Among the treasures was the first quilt that I remember.  I had completely forgotten this darling little baby quilt.  Maybe because it's whole cloth, and not pieced, that I barely thought of it as a quilt.  But it has a front, a back and some type of batting between.  So, it's a quilt!

It's a whole cloth quilt, and probably made by my mother about 1956.  It measures 33 inches by 58 inches.

The quilt was sewn pillowcase style, with three edges sewn right sides together and then the whole thing turned right side out.  The bottom seam is turned in and top-stitched by machine.  One side is pink with darling little grey and white kittens.  Isn't this the sweetest fabric?

The machine quilting meanders around each of the kitten motifs, so it was quilted with this side up.  Blue thread on the bottom and pink on the top.

The other side is light blue with little baby ducks and daisies.  Too cute!

Close-up of the little ducks on the back.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Mother's Irish Chain

Five Rail Fence 1998
Not many posts lately.  Most of my time has been spent at my childhood home cleaning out closets, delighting in long lost treasures and forgotten memories.  Here's one I'd like to share with you.

Back around 1990 I purchased my first quilting books.  One was Marti Mitchell's "Quilting for People Who Don't Have Time to Quilt."  Sounded like me.  Two young children and a busy household didn't give me much quilting time!

I made Five Rail Fence in 1998 for our queen size bed, followed by Blue Nine Patch in 1990 for our son, and Sticks and Stones in 1992 for our daughter.
Blue Nine Patch 1990
Sticks and Stones 1992

My mother, who was an excellent seamstress, had never made a quilt.  She had made many other home decor items like drapes and bedspreads, but never a quilt.  So, I talked her into making Irish Chain quilts using Marti's book, and she made two matching twin size quilts.
Double Irish Chain about 1995 by Eileen

The colors she chose are so soft and sweet, just like her personality.  Creams, peaches and pinks in tiny florals.   I think I will have to guess that she made them around 1995.  She only made one more quilt.  In 1997 we made a four patch lap quilt for her brother when he had to move to a nursing home. She decided that quilting was not really for her and she stuck with knitting, which she much preferred.
Mother - in a sweater she knitted

Since I have boatloads of quilts, I think these will go to my sister's home.  First, I need to make labels for them!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Celtic Solctice progress

A very rainy weekend gave me some time to finish nearly all the Celtic Solstice blocks.  I have 23 of each block finished.  I just dug out the instructions and find I still need one more Block A and three more Block B.  But I'm getting there!

Here are the Block A's
54-40 or Fight! blocks

And the Block B's
Birthday Girl blocks

All together now....
Celtic Solstice