Sunday, April 14, 2013

What Was On the Bed - Again

Here's what was on the bed last week:
 This is a very simple Double Nine Patch--in the traditional sense of the title.  This one is set with alternating plain blocks.
Beginning quilters need to be aware that we can make really nice quilts from simple designs.  Furthermore, if we love the quilting part,  those simple quilts can become truly spectacular!
 Yes, it says it was finished in 1990....but it was begun several years earlier.

 One of the fun things about making this quilt was all the color changes in the quilting.
I also enjoyed the double diagonal lines in the background--inspired by quilting in antique quilts. 

 Also signed with a monogram...used to replace the hearts that are the other blocks.

 I also changed the color of the hand quilting thread from block to block. 
 Back then I used Mettler 100% cotton hand quilting thread.

These are a couple of vintage pillowcases with hand crocheted lace.  I found them somewhere as singles.

I'm thinking there are two main reasons for so many single pillow cases that have survived.  One is that sometimes women started making a pair and just never finished the second. The other reason is that one wore out faster than the other.  I know that on the farm, my dad's pillowcase always wore out faster than my mom's.  She said it was because  he did so much welding that there were always chemicals left in his hair, and over time they caused the fibers to deteriorate faster....I'm guessing there may well have been a lot of truth in that!

Happy quiltmaking....


MQuilter said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the change of colors in the rows. One could also use scraps to create a similar look like this quilt.

Quilting Babcia said...

Interesting theory about the pillowcases, which I suspect is true. I know the oils in my husband's skin stain his pillowcase and the liner as well as the pillow itself, and the stains don't come out in the laundry. I love your quilt. That is a real heirloom and you obviously had much fun making and quilting it!

Pokey said...

I grew up with a nine patch on my folk's bed, it was sashed in the mint green that was popular in the 50's. Your is so much prettier set on point, with the quilt stitching in between!

Angie said...

One of my favorite types of 9-patch: neutral background with the pops of color in the 9-patch! Thanks for sharing!

Lynn said...

Lovely! I like simple patters that still have a pattern! I made my 2nd quilt with 9patches alternating, butterfly prints and muslin. My brother and sister-in-law have it now.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Pretty quilt. I've finally started doing some hand quilting again. Now to finish my MIL's quilt that's been on the frame for over 2 years (no stitching on it for almost that long, either).

Dolly said...

I like this quilt SO MUCH !

It's one of those patterns I've always meant to do, but always gets edged out by something that SEEMS so much more interesting and 'zazzy'. But it has such simple impact on a bed, especially in the soft multi-colored blocks and quilting threads.

I can't beieve I used to hand-quilt everything. I just don't feel like there's time for that anymore ! So much for the slowing down fearful I won't finish before I 'kaput' ! Ha........but I do like my machine-quilting now.

DragonPoodle said...

I love the simple traditional quilts. They do go well with my simple vintage straight stitchers! Lovely quilt and quilting.
Cheryl Warren

Sylvia said...

Beautiful quilt, with beautiful quilting. Love those feather borders!
Sylvia Adair

Kathryn D. Duke said...

love, love, love this quilt!!!!!!

Karen said...

The quilting is beautiful on this quilt. A simple block design lets the quilting shine.

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