Friday, April 5, 2013

This just makes me happy


I've been in love with this quilt for a long time.  It's been on my computer screen for months, 
maybe even years.  I don't know where I found it. 






A few months ago, Julie sent me a box of blocks she'd bought on ebay.  
They came from a quilt top the seller said was made in the 1940's in Ohio.






I started embroidering the seams on my trip to NYC.
I thought that's what the maker would have done, if she'd finished the quilt.
I had planned to sash the blocks and make a simple lap quilt. 






But there I was in Victoria's loft, with all of her Lone Star quilts, 
plus that one on my computer screen and...

There are JUST enough blocks to make a 68" star and a 4" border!  
Don't you just love it when that happens?

30 comments:

Kathie said...

well how lucky are you! LOL love the center that is great! keep going
this has been a quilt I have wanted to make too, its on the every growing list! thanks for sharing the pictures with us

Kathie

Teje Karjalainen said...

Those blocks were ment to be that quilt! Sometimes things just happen - lucky you to receive those blocks and they were just perfect for this wonderful quilt!

Sharon said...

wow, this is fabulous, I love the center section. Keep working on it, can't wait to see how you continue with this piece.

cinzia said...

Whoa that's one big star! Simply stunning.

Rachaeldaisy said...

It was meant to be!! That is one super stunning star!!

Jan said...

What fun! I'm liking your version even more than the inspiration piece.

fiberchick said...

Both the original and your iteration make my knees weak! In the most excellent way of course...

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It is looking fabulous!

Tonya Ricucci said...

whee. happy to see that pinwheel in the middle - will be fun to see this displayed with the other pinwheel centered quilt of yours...

Mego said...

LOVE! Now...are you going to quilt little birds in the background? BOTH quilts are fabulous..

Lisa said...

How fun! This is going to be very cute.

Terry said...

So brave of you to cut into the original blocks. BUT you were in Victoria's studio at the time LOL.The star is great and I really see the solids working as space for the eye to rest. Great Eye Candy.

Quiltdivajulie said...

BEYOND awesome!!! So glad you did this!!!!!

audrey said...

That's incredible luck for you! So wonderful when it all comes together like that and you know you'll just LOVE it forever! I really like the pinwheel in the center plus that special stitching gives great texture.:)

Debra said...

It was definitely meant to be. Love the centre of the star it's going to look wonderful.

Sujata Shah said...

This quilt looks like everything is in it's right place. Those blocks found a perfect setting and what a wonderful way to make a quilt that ties everything together! Love them both!

Victoria said...

Those blocks waited patiently all those years for just the right person to come along... you. I like to imagine how thrilled the original seamstress is, looking down on you and what you have done with her patches. Pretty cool!

Diane Quilts said...

It's so fortunate that those fabrics found you! Your quilt is divine!

Karen said...

A creative mind for sure. What a good idea for using the crazy quilt pieces you were gifted.

Sharon said...

You are so great! This will be a treasure for all the work you put in as well as the history

Brenda said...

fabulous! I keep reading your blog for inspiration like this!

Marit said...

Have fun transforming the old and pretty fabric into something this wonderful. Love your bold creative decisions. There's so much character in this already! Love to se more of your process.
; )

meli B said...

Lone Star is one of my favourite quilt designs but lining up all the diamonds has always instilled terror in my heart. The artist's quilt that inspired you and you're consequent interpretation with these precious pieces is wonderful. Another Nifty classic for sure.

Miki Willa said...

Your creative mind is always inspiring. This is going to be wonderful.

Helen said...

Magic maybe, but you have a special vision.

bloominworkshop said...

It's perfect! There couldn't have been a better solutions for those blocks!!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Oh this makes me happy too!!!

Look closely......see..........I'm smiling!!!

Mary Keasler said...

Oh yeah! And then some.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Gonna be a lovely quilt, just like the one in the first picture.

Sharon said...

This is awesome! A brilliant idea, and it looks great. I think that anyone would be inspired in V's quilt studio! What a great serendipity happening between 4 quilters.

I love that you're using more of the blocks in the border - it really pulls it all together.