Monday, September 21, 2009

some thoughts about history

I'm all ready to quilt this little hanging now. It was a bit of a rush job - the proportions are a bit off I think and there shouldn't be a red goose so close to the red leaf but...oh well :0)



These are the first 6 blocks for my sister's baby quilt. I think its safe to post it - I don't think she's ever looked at my blog. She wanted the soft green and the soft turquoise - I added the brown and white for some contrast. They are big blocks - only 3 more to make. It doesn't look much like a baby quilt to me but her taste is different from mine (more modern). I hope she likes it! The pattern is from American Patchwork and Quilting Dec 05 issue.

I've been thinking a lot about the Civil War Bride quilt - and enjoying the wonderful blocks people are making and posting on the blog. I broke down and ordered the Treasury of American Quilts so I could look more closely at the original. I have never ordered anything over the internet before - that could be a slippery slope lol. I also really like this Reconciliation quilt made by Lucinda Ward Honstain in 1867. Here it is pictured in the March/April 2009 Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. So... I'm thinking a bit about stitching a quilt about my own personal history. Not that I've lived through any major historical events in any personal way but... I think I think it would be more meaningful to me and perhaps to my kids. There are a few problems - I don't think my red minivan would look that great appliqued on a quilt block. I think the horses, camels and elephants add so much interest to these 2 old quilts. So I have some more thinking to do. Thanks for reading my ramblings and if you have some thoughts please share them!
Happy Quilting!!

8 comments:

Crispy said...

Aw but in a 100 years, your mini van could be very interesting LOL. Loved your ramblings and projects today.

Crispy

Karen said...

It's time to be making pumpkin quilts, for sure!

Carrie P. said...

Your pumpkin quilt is coming along. I made a baby quilt last year for my niece in those same colors.
Maybe instead of a mini van you could put a picture of your very first car you ever own. That might be more fun.

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh...the pumpkin quilt....love that!!

Janet said...

What a lot of lovely things you've shown. Good finish on the pumpkins and I love the baby quilt. Wouldn't a story quilt be fun! I don't think I'd have much either but maybe if I thought about it I would come up with all sorts of blocks. I bet most of us have had pets, gardens, kids, sports and hobbies.

Lea said...

I Love Love LOoove your pumpkin quilt!!! You did such a wonderful job, colors & fabrics are so perfect!

Lurline said...

Janet, it is so lovely to visit after receiving your Comment - i love your sense of adventure in creating your own quilt. Why not - there have been lots who have done it before. I think I will have to follow you for a little while to see the outcome, lol ...
Hugs - Lurline♥

MARCIE said...

Fascinating old quilt. I often thought it would be fun to make a family history type of quilt. Houses and states we lived in, state birds, etc. Do you have that in Canada? Maple leaf for sure. And your red van would be a cute addition! My grampa was a RCMP, wouldn't that be fun to add. Now you have me thinking about it!