Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grandma's Stars

(This post is linked to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.)

Actually these quilt blocks are called Aunt Eliza's Stars. 

Recently, I came into possession of 32 star quilt blocks that my grandmother made. At first I thought they were a pretty standard star.   But when I started looking closer, I realized that since that center square is set on point, making this block is more complicated than I first thought.

Each block is made from three rows going diagonally. I was able to find the name of the block in one of my quilt books and then an Internet search yielded the instructions and the very interesting story of "Aunt Eliza" HERE  The instructions are for an 8 inch block, but my grandmother's version is 16 inches.

There is also some information on THIS SITE that states that this pattern was first published in 1895 in The Ladies Art Company catalog. So, its an antique quilt block pattern.  But, then aren't they all?

I hope to put these blocks together to make a quilt in the coming months.

It will be scrappy, of course.  I must take after my grandmother!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Swirls for Michael Gideon

I finished Michael Gideon's baby quilt, but almost forgot to get a picture. Dear son-in-law held it up for me just before the quilt left my house!




Close up of back:

Close up of front:

Tutorial for the quilt (QUICK STRIPPIE) is HERE.  Thank you Mary's Quilts!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Just Another Day In Paradise...

..... In "Scrappy Paradise", that is. Here are the results of my attempt at a photo shoot of the Scrappy Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt that I finished recently.
Scrappy Paradise

The back of the quilt.