I love yard sales, and despite not actually needing anything, I can’t resist stopping to browse. This summer I stopped at one sale and in the midst of a bunch of junk, I found a trunk filled with cheap fabric and then a handful of these vintage patchwork blocks at the very bottom. For $2 for the bunch, I certainly couldn’t not bring them home.
These patchwork blocks are hand sewn and made up of stripes, checks, ginghams and other tiny prints (plus that one red solid!). There’s some discoloration and staining, but I kinda like it that way.
There were a total of 10 blocks, though two were falling apart and slightly different in feel. I used the remaining 8 and paired them with a few chambrays and stripes I had on hand to make this large checkerboard section. I wasn’t sure how to enlarge it, so set it aside for a while. The other day I decided to embrace the ‘make use of what you have’ feeling that I get from these blocks (many of those tiny squares are pieced together), and pulled out the rest of my chambrays to see how I could piece them together to get this quilt up to size.
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and am so pleased that these patchwork blocks finally found their way into a quilt!
I feel like I say this often, but here it is again – this is another quilt that I didn’t actually set out to make. I have a number of quilts to finish, and a list of quilts I want to make, but sometimes I feel the pull of something that’s not even on the list.
Such is the case here. After purchasing a bundle of Cotton + Steel’s new ginghams, I pulled out a bunch of coordinating solids – I made a few half square triangles with the ginghams and solids and wasn’t really loving it. I was into those solids though, so decided to move ahead with some hsts out of solids. I added in a few additional fall-like colors and, inspired by a quilt from Bold Expressions, started making and trimming hsts.
The quilt I’m inspired by is made up of hsts with similar squares grouped together. It also uses hsts in varying sizes, so they don’t always line up. I love that look, but after making blocks in a variety of sizes and trying to fit them together, I found that I preferred keeping my blocks all one size.
I couldn’t let the smaller blocks go to waste though, so I’ve added in a section along the bottom and a strip along one side with the smaller blocks.
Those two gingham blocks? A little nod to the original inspiration!
These months are speeding by! I can’t even seem to get photos taken in time, let alone get them up on the blog!
Seven months –
(Lotta Jansdotter quilt)
(Liberty churn dash quilt)
8 months –
(Cotton + Steel split angles quilt)
(ha! so hard to get a real smile out of Hazel!) (Photos of this new quilt coming this week!)
Henry continues to be the funniest, sweetest, easiest baby. He’s easily entertained and finds his siblings, Max especially, to be hilarious. Unlike the other two, who weren’t interested in walking until after they were 1, this guy is dying to walk now. He can crawl, but would so rather spend all day long walking through the house holding my hands. I look forward to seeing how soon he’ll actually start walking on his own!