Sunday, January 10, 2016

Old Blocks

I love old blocks, I can't pass them up when I see them at thrift store or garage sales.
 I have 18 of these beauties, given me by my husbands mother. She said they were made by her mother and some friends when she was a child (some of the fabric was from her leftover dresses), so that would make them about 80 years old or so. It seems they were making a quilt to raffle and had made enough blocks for 2 quilts but only one got put together and the rest have been passed down. They have been in my cedar chest for about 10 years or so. She gave them to me thinking I might actually get them put together, unfortunately I didn't do it before she passed away.

Over the years I have pulled them out and looked at them and lovingly put them away not know what to do with them. The problem is they were put on light weight muslin (what a shame so much work). So I decided that I would put a plain piece of muslin behind them before I set them together and hope they will hold up. I used a whole lapel stick to glue 9 of these to muslin.

 I have 7 married children and I thought it might be nice to give each one a quilt made with antique blocks. So I am splitting the blocks into two quilts (I have other antique blocks that I can split to get enough for everyone) and my Saturday project below is the first of these little lady quilts before borders. I am so excited to put them in a quilt and love the way it is looking. I may have a hard time giving it away.
 For all of you that are saving the Moda sampler block shuffle, I have added 3 more to the Inchworm Store. The only way I can add them is as a picture, so you just have to print the page. Enjoy.



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