Old Blocks

Old Blocks

Post by Laura in Chesapeake, V » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 20:50:47



My sister found some hand made star blocks among our aunt's belongings
and they need to be put into a quilt.  The background is a lightweight
muslin type of fabric and I am wondering if I should sash them or just
sew them together, and then put a couple of borders on the quilt.  The
stars appear to be made of feed or flour sacking.

Have been gone for a while, lurking for a few days, I am back and look
forward to your responses.

Laura in Chesapeake, VA

 
 
 

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Post by Louise in Iow » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 21:21:37


I'd probably include both sashing and borders, but it's really a personal
decision based on the size of the blocks and how big you want the finished
quilt to be. A friend had some old Dresden plate blocks made from feedsacks,
and she put them together with light yellow borders and sashing, and they
were just beautiful. In her case, she had only four blocks, and she made a
wallhanging from them. Regardless of what you decide, it sounds like a great
project - will you share pictures when you're finished?

--
Louise in Iowa

http://community.webshots.com/user/louiseiniowa



Quote:
> My sister found some hand made star blocks among our aunt's belongings
> and they need to be put into a quilt.  The background is a lightweight
> muslin type of fabric and I am wondering if I should sash them or just
> sew them together, and then put a couple of borders on the quilt.  The
> stars appear to be made of feed or flour sacking.

> Have been gone for a while, lurking for a few days, I am back and look
> forward to your responses.

> Laura in Chesapeake, VA


 
 
 

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Post by Dr. Zachary Smit » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 00:02:43


Hi Laura,

Whatever you decide, have you considered using material from the same
time period?
I realize that may not be easy, but if it were me I might at least
look into it or give it a try.
(We have a similar dilemma with some tops my grandmother appliqud
from old bedsheets.  We haven't been successful yet, but we haven't
given up either.)

Doc


Quote:
> My sister found some hand made star blocks among our aunt's belongings
> and they need to be put into a quilt. ?The background is a lightweight
> muslin type of fabric and I am wondering if I should sash them or just
> sew them together, and then put a couple of borders on the quilt. ?The
> stars appear to be made of feed or flour sacking.

> Have been gone for a while, lurking for a few days, I am back and look
> forward to your responses.

> Laura in Chesapeake, VA

 
 
 

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Post by Robert » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 01:58:46


IMO use sashing. Maybe a 30's solid (they used distinctive shades of
pink, yellow, blue and green.) Unless of course the blocks form an
interesting secondary pattern.
Roberta in D

On Fri, 7 Aug 2009 04:50:47 -0700 (PDT), "Laura in Chesapeake, VA"

Quote:

>My sister found some hand made star blocks among our aunt's belongings
>and they need to be put into a quilt.  The background is a lightweight
>muslin type of fabric and I am wondering if I should sash them or just
>sew them together, and then put a couple of borders on the quilt.  The
>stars appear to be made of feed or flour sacking.

>Have been gone for a while, lurking for a few days, I am back and look
>forward to your responses.

>Laura in Chesapeake, VA

 
 
 

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Post by Laura in Chesapeake, V » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 05:25:35


Well, I have made my decision.  I found some older muslin, nearly the
same cloth value as the blocks were set in.  I will probably use a
solid border & binding so that I don't take anything away from the
blocks themselves.  I want them to be the focus of the quilt.  I will
be using a 1 1/2 inch sashing (finished) with a 4 1/2 inch solid
border.  I worked on it today and I have 7 rows of 6 put together.
There were 60 blocks in all, should make a nice quilt when finished.
I will keep you posted.

Laura in Chesapeake, VA

 
 
 

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Post by Polly Esthe » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 05:39:40


Curious about exactly what solids would be appropriate, I went to
www.myquiltshops.com and typed   30's solids   in the search space.  There
are some very pretty choices; you can go for bright or quiet. IMHO, gentle
prints that 'read as' solids but really are not are more interesting but you
probably don't want 'interesting'.  Polly

"Laura in Chesapeake, VA" <wrote> Well, I have made my decision.  I found
some older muslin, nearly the

Quote:
> same cloth value as the blocks were set in.  I will probably use a
> solid border & binding so that I don't take anything away from the
> blocks themselves.  I want them to be the focus of the quilt.  I will
> be using a 1 1/2 inch sashing (finished) with a 4 1/2 inch solid
> border.  I worked on it today and I have 7 rows of 6 put together.
> There were 60 blocks in all, should make a nice quilt when finished.
> I will keep you posted.

 
 
 

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Post by KJ » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 07:45:52


I always think of that fadey, jadey, sagey green as a 30's solid.

--
Kathyl (KJ)
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Quote:
> Curious about exactly what solids would be appropriate, I went to
> www.myquiltshops.com and typed   30's solids   in the search space.  There
> are some very pretty choices; you can go for bright or quiet. IMHO, gentle
> prints that 'read as' solids but really are not are more interesting but
> you probably don't want 'interesting'.  Polly

> "Laura in Chesapeake, VA" <wrote> Well, I have made my decision.  I found
> some older muslin, nearly the
>> same cloth value as the blocks were set in.  I will probably use a
>> solid border & binding so that I don't take anything away from the
>> blocks themselves.  I want them to be the focus of the quilt.  I will
>> be using a 1 1/2 inch sashing (finished) with a 4 1/2 inch solid
>> border.  I worked on it today and I have 7 rows of 6 put together.
>> There were 60 blocks in all, should make a nice quilt when finished.
>> I will keep you posted.

 
 
 

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Post by Louise in Iow » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 09:07:27


I just read an article in American Quilter about a lady who takes the old
blocks and combines them with modern fabrics - with some fabulous results.
She suggests using batiks, hand-dyes, and large prints. One of the quilts
shown in the article is made of Dresden plates made of older fabrics, and
the outside border is a large fl***print (fairly bright) that picks up on
some of the colors in the plates - really looks nice!
--
Louise in Iowa

http://www.FoundCollection.com/


Quote:
> Curious about exactly what solids would be appropriate, I went to
> www.myquiltshops.com and typed   30's solids   in the search space.  There
> are some very pretty choices; you can go for bright or quiet. IMHO, gentle
> prints that 'read as' solids but really are not are more interesting but
> you probably don't want 'interesting'.  Polly

> "Laura in Chesapeake, VA" <wrote> Well, I have made my decision.  I found
> some older muslin, nearly the
>> same cloth value as the blocks were set in.  I will probably use a
>> solid border & binding so that I don't take anything away from the
>> blocks themselves.  I want them to be the focus of the quilt.  I will
>> be using a 1 1/2 inch sashing (finished) with a 4 1/2 inch solid
>> border.  I worked on it today and I have 7 rows of 6 put together.
>> There were 60 blocks in all, should make a nice quilt when finished.
>> I will keep you posted.

 
 
 

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Post by Trixi » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 09:30:33


Wow, 60 blocks! What a nice discovery.

Last year my sister finally conceded that she was never going to make a
quilt out of the 20 blocks she made when pregnant with her second child (who
is 25 years old now), so she sent them to me. I snuck in the one-and-only
quilt block (a Dresdan) I found in my mother's sewing stuff after she passed
away. My sister cried and cried when she saw it, and I was so delighted that
my niece took pictures of the whole thing! So many memories...

Trixie



Quote:
> Well, I have made my decision.  I found some older muslin, nearly the
> same cloth value as the blocks were set in.  I will probably use a
> solid border & binding so that I don't take anything away from the
> blocks themselves.  I want them to be the focus of the quilt.  I will
> be using a 1 1/2 inch sashing (finished) with a 4 1/2 inch solid
> border.  I worked on it today and I have 7 rows of 6 put together.
> There were 60 blocks in all, should make a nice quilt when finished.
> I will keep you posted.

> Laura in Chesapeake, VA

 
 
 

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Post by Robert » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 20:43:56


IMO some of the modern Japanese/ Oriental prints combine very well
with 30's designs, which were often based on Japanese designs anyway.
Roberta in D

On Sat, 08 Aug 2009 00:07:27 GMT, "Louise in Iowa"

Quote:

>I just read an article in American Quilter about a lady who takes the old
>blocks and combines them with modern fabrics - with some fabulous results.
>She suggests using batiks, hand-dyes, and large prints. One of the quilts
>shown in the article is made of Dresden plates made of older fabrics, and
>the outside border is a large fl***print (fairly bright) that picks up on
>some of the colors in the plates - really looks nice!

 
 
 

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Post by Kate in M » Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:51:35


If the fabric is really thin -- you might want to consider applying a
lightweight fusible interfacing (iron it on the back of the blocks) to help
give the blocks a little more strength.

Sounds like they might look best sashed... but hard to say without seeing
them.

But if it were me -- I would probably line those blocks (unless you are
planning to hand quilt... )

--
Kate in MI
http://community.webshots.com/user/K_Groves



Quote:
> My sister found some hand made star blocks among our aunt's belongings
> and they need to be put into a quilt.  The background is a lightweight
> muslin type of fabric and I am wondering if I should sash them or just
> sew them together, and then put a couple of borders on the quilt.  The
> stars appear to be made of feed or flour sacking.

> Have been gone for a while, lurking for a few days, I am back and look
> forward to your responses.

> Laura in Chesapeake, VA

 
 
 

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Post by amy in CN » Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:30:53


what an absolutely wonderful find! i still have many of the 'sample'
blocks my granny did years ago.
i don't know what to do with them, but i haven't given up either. they
are mostly solids from the  30's and
hand pieced.

can't wait to see the results!
pictures!!!!!!

amy in CNY

 
 
 

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Post by Pat in Virgini » Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:39:16


Hello Laura,
Fancy meeting you here! Didn't we have a meeting a few years ago in Sis N Me
LQS, then Lunch?

About those blocks. The new issue of American Quilter (the AQS Magazine) has
an excellent article about how to use vintage UFO. Check it out ....
interesting stuff.

PAT in VA/USA



Quote:
> My sister found some hand made star blocks among our aunt's belongings
> and they need to be put into a quilt.  The background is a lightweight
> muslin type of fabric and I am wondering if I should sash them or just
> sew them together, and then put a couple of borders on the quilt.  The
> stars appear to be made of feed or flour sacking.

> Have been gone for a while, lurking for a few days, I am back and look
> forward to your responses.

> Laura in Chesapeake, VA