It all started in 2013, when Quiltdiva Julie sent me a box of crazy pieced vintage blocks.
There were 24 in all, and they came from a quilt top she'd bought on Ebay.
The seller said it came from Ohio.
I had saved this photo on my computer screen for some years before that.
I don't remember the source, but it became my inspiration.
I sewed the blocks together and cut out the diamond shapes for the star.
There were just enough leftover for the border.
Then I bought some embroidery floss.
I learned a few stitches, and embroidered all the seams.
Eventually, it was ready for a background.
I picked this spring green solid, because it was the only thing that seemed to work.
I wasn't excited about the color, but thought I'd get over it.
Well, I didn't. I just didn't like all that green!
I decided to remove it and find another background.
Several hours of stitch-picking later, I was ready for auditions.
I tried practically everything I had on the shelf.
Here are just a few.
A few dear friends suffered with me and my auditions for WEEKS!
Then I went to the Houston Quilt Festival and found what I was looking for!
It's one of the new woven plaids from Kaffe Fassett.
The top is about 87" square, plenty big for a queen size bed.
I finished it last week.
THEN, just yesterday, I went to the Farmer's Market, like I do every Sunday.
The woman farmer I always buy from gave me this!
She said her great-grandmother had made it from old family clothes.
What a treasure! I tried to talk her out of giving it away.
But she said she had no room for it.
So I gladly brought it home.
While Julie's was sewn in blocks and not yet embroidered,
this one was sewn all on one sheet with embroidery.
Now I have TWO vintage scrap tops to quilt and to love!
News just in:
Bill Volckening found where the original inspiration quilt came from.
The quilt was shown in the European Patchwork show in France in 2012.
Katell Renon's quilt group in France was also inspired by the original.
They made a beauty!