Today's group of finishes features some wildly different orphan projects donated to Covered in Love. It is so much fun for me to be able to pick and choose colors and styles from the big boxes of pieces and parts that Kat sends!
These beautiful little houses in Caribbean colors came to me as a small top. All the houses, pinwheel palm trees and piano key strips were sewn together side by side, and each pretty piece was sort of lost in the shuffle. It was also too small for a Covered in Love quilt. So I deconstructed it, added borders around each house and golden mustard sashing to let each one shine.
You can see some of the batik bordering fabric here. It was included with the top and features sewing-related words and images. In the mustard outer sashing, I quilted various motifs like stars, leaves and butterflies.
Along the bottom I quilted in some words of comfort, including peace, love, family and home. I got the idea from Sandra of mmmQuilts, who often includes special quilted messages. My handwriting (Jukiwriting??) isn't the best, but I hope the sentiment carries the day.
The back is pieced of big chunks of tie-dye style fabrics in similar tropical colors. A solid purple binding frames and completes the quilt.
Today's second quilt is made from classic orphan blocks. Many are left over from Covered in Love's annual red, white and blue star block drives. A few are lotto blocks made by members of my online guild, Sunshine. A number of the fabrics look like they date from 20-30 years ago, giving the the overall look a nice depth of color and scale.
This block is my favorite. It looks so different on point than square. I used a donated, very high quality mottled navy blue fabric for the skinny sashing and setting triangles. That fabric had a copyright year of 2000 in the selvages. The quilting is hook swirls using a variegated gray thread.
The back is a big swath of r/w/b stripe that was another amazing eBay find. To avoid matching all those skinny stripes, I pieced it with a chunk of red leaf batik.
Finally, here's the real golden oldie of the group! The beautiful center section of stars was donated by Priscilla as a smallish square top. Included was a note that said she made it in 1982 using a pattern from Quiltmaker magazine. Wow! That's almost 40 years ago! It was in perfect shape and meticulously pieced.
I needed to make the quilt a little bit bigger so I started hunting around for something appropriate to add to the top and bottom. The 1982 fabrics are from a distinctly different fabric era and it was quite a challenge to find something that would "go." I finally found this group of donated blocks and I'm pretty certain they were also made by Priscilla. It is so interesting to me to see a shift in fabric design style somewhere after 1990.
I decided to do fairly dense dot-to-dot quilting to honor this venerable piece. Going around and around each "wheel" shape without breaking thread kept me focused!
There were a few pieces of the original 1982 scraps included in the bag, and I was able to use the navy floral as side borders on the front and an accent on the back. I thought this "primitive" style farm animal fabric had the right vibe for the back, too.
This was a super fun piece to work on. I'm happy to report that it washed up beautifully, too. Older fabrics can have a musty, dusty smell and feel a little stiff. But the finished quilt is soft, cuddly and sweet-smelling! Were you quilting back in 1982? Do these fabrics look familiar to you? Do they make you nostalgic? Or are you glad to have that era behind you and would rather dive into some bright batiks?