Sunday, August 2, 2009

Early Quilt

I've seen a few 'first quilts' on blogs lately so decided to show you this. This is my second finished quilt (the first was a Barbie quilt and it is in the possession of one of my daughters).

I traced a tumbler out of a quilt book which I then traced onto fabric. I added the seam allowance with a clear quilter's quarter and cut them out with scissors. I then hand-stitched them together in rows. I used scraps from my grandmother's box and made two of each fabric. I laid them out in opposites so where they met in the middle row were two of the same (the tee-pee fabric). I then added some old curtain off-cuts (not from my curtains but picked up from a neighbour). I padded it with an old mattress protector but did not pad the borders.

(Yes, I still have that hideous rug...)

I tied it at the corners with a cross-stitch of embroidery thread - very tedious!!

I made if for the bench seat in my Tarago (a.k.a. Previa) and I did not pad the edges so it could be tucked into the seat easier.
This was about 1996 or 1997. It's lasted pretty well, but I have just noticed a couple of spots that will need a patch.

The nine-patch below is published just for Jane to show her I am working on my Halloween blocks for the swap. I'm not going to show my other block just yet - it will be a surprise!

The winter weather has been sunny and warm during the day, but really cold at night. The warmish days are forecast for all week, with an occasional shower. Hope you are enjoying the weather where you are...


Julia said...

Love your second quilt Shari...Looks loved and vintage!

Awesome block, Jane will love it!
Hugs Julia ♥

Barb said...

Your quilt was very well made to last that long, it still looks good. Can't wait to see your other blog for the Halloween swap.

Stephanie said...

Tons of work on that quilt!!! It does spiff up the car seats though. I can't wait to see all the Halloween blocks.

Jackie said...

Very cute first! I like it better than the regular fabric on the car seats!!

Kim said...

I like the tumbler blocks and what a fun idea to cover the seats in your car. I have yet to finish my tumbler quilt.

I love the colors you chose for your halloween nine-patch blocks. Very cute.

Rumi said...

Wow! Labor intensive little quilt--all done by hand. Really has held up though.
Cute halloween block.

Allie said...

What a darling tumbler block quilt! Love that you use it on the seat too. And I like how you did the cross-stitch tie.

I like your block - those spiderwebs are set off quite nicely!

belinda said...

Well....first off...there is nothing wrong with that carpet...I like it too much!!
Your first quilt you planned out very carefully I see....very practical for what you needed it for...I like the tumbler design too!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Love, love, love your quilt and thank you for the sneak peek, I just love the fabrics you choose!!

em's scrapbag said...

Love the tumblers! The halloween block looks fun.

Annette said...

I really like your "second" quilt. I haven't tried a tumbler quilt yet but want to.

SueR said...

I love the story of the tumbler quilt. Linda Franz of Quilted Diamonds/Inklingo fame just released the tumbler pattern in Inklingo, and I was thinking about making one too. I'm intrigued with the Halloween swap, can't wait to see yours.

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