Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vintage Goodness WIP


My husband has been fortunate enough to have known (at least) 3 of his GREATgrandparents. I also got to meet them, which was amazing! They have all passed away in recent years but Great Grandma Altic left this wonderful log cabin quilt top and I was lucky enough to snag it and finish it. I'm thinking it will be a Christmas gift, but I cannot say for whom lest they read my blog :-) Wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for said recipients.

But about this quilt top: Its machine pieced from what I can tell... with a mixture of polyester, cotton, and linen prints, possibly saved up over the years. I have no clue when it was put together or how long it took. I need to find out those details so I can make a proper label for it giving credit to Great Grandma for her hard work. I adore bamboo batting so thats what I'm using, and its backed with 6 yards of Joel Dewberry Chestnut Hill fabric. I thought the dark blues would go well together. Just finished (spray) basting it last night and I haven't decided yet if I will stipple or straight line quilt this monster.... its about 95" x 100" which is HUGE to me. Stippling will take me forever, but I think will help interlock all those seams, some of which are starting to come apart. Right now, that's the direction I see this quilt going.

My poor little Janome is in the shop getting its annual physical and cleaning. I'm so lost without it! I guess it gives me time to straighten up my sewing stuff, and move all my fabric to my new sewing area. I think I'll start working on that tonight. I have a stack of cut fabric waiting to be turned into a baby boy quilt... and a few other stacks of fabric waiting to ALSO be turned into small quilts... I'm thinking some wonky quilts! I just sold my last quilt yesterday on Etsy so I need to restock to boot!

How is your list of Christmas-gifts-to-make coming along? I've got ONE gift finished (needs a label) and atleast 2 others in the works. I feel good about it this year, as last year I didn't give myself as much time to get everything done. Do tell...

7 comments:

Blue Is Bleu said...

That's a gigantic quilt! It must've taken quite a while to put together. It's gorgeous... it looks like some of the blocks sit together like a pinwheel hehe

whatktmadenext said...

Wow - 95"x100" is massive! The biggest I've done is about 30"x45"! What's the biggest you've done so far, or will this be it? I'll be really interested to know how you get on...

Cristin said...

The biggest quilt I've ever free-motion quilted was about 55"x65" so this is by far the biggest! I'll just do a small chunk at a time, so as not to get discouraged... and to give my machine some breathers! =)

Rebekah said...

what an awesome family heirloom! I know you'll do a wonderful job finishing it up.

I've got some in progress quilts that could potentially turn into Christmas gifts, but Dec 25 is just too far away right now!

Victoria said...

Holy Moly! the size so intimidates me! But what a lovely thing to do, finishing this family quilt started so long ago. I admire you!

elle said...

What a graphic quilt! Certainly has a modern feel to it in spite of its history. I luved the stain glass look of your triangles also!

Christina said...

Did you find out the gender of your baby? I saw your photo of your showing - that is quite a bit of stomach for 17 weeks! I think from now until 6 months is the best belly time...it's 9 months I was tired of it. But with a boy, I was the traditional all out front. I think with girls you get to be pulled in a little more, for whatever reason. I just didn't have anywhere for him to go but out. :) The quilt looks great and I love the name. I'm so jealous of the great grandma's quilts!