Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A sampler...






















When I first started to quilt a bit seriously, I signed up for a few block swaps on Prodigy (about 1989 or 1990). Remember when computers had gray screens and orange letters? So, I've been moving these blocks around for awhile - it is time to set them together!

The bottom block, 3rd over (square in a square with corner stone sashing) was the block I used as a trade for almost all of these blocks). As a new quilter, I was in awe of some of the blocks I received... like that pineapple and some of the stars, the Virginia Reel - also known as Snail's Trail, etc., etc. I really got some GREAT blocks (and I also got some blocks that were so pitiful that I can't use them!).

Altogether, I made 6 of the blocks (the most recent being the Christmas-y flower in the bottom right). My Nana made me the Sunbonnet Sue so that is a very special block to me. I haven't sewn the blocks together yet because I have been searching high and low for the Overall Sam block Nana made for me to add - and guess, what? I found it! So, I will take out the Christmas flower and add Sam. And, I probably will shuffle the blocks around once more, maybe even swap a few for different ones... In anycase, it is time to make the blocks all the same size and sew them together and send it off to be quilted. This one is not going to have a sashing, probably no border either. I like it just like this!
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8 comments:

joyce said...

I agree. It looks great as it is.

Finn said...

Great blocks Evelyn!! And you know what??? I like it laid out without sashing too! I'm guessing they are 12" blocks? It's good size already...will make a great memory quilt for you and for Little Boy in years to come..*VBS*

quiltpixie said...

wonderful looking. It'll be good to get these together I'm sure.

Nancy said...

Your sampler is looking great and making me think I need to get some of the old swapped blocks I have sitting around put together in a quilt.

Shelina said...

I have some old swap blocks too, but they are last on the list of UFOs to get done -working on those closest to completion first.

My mother recently was cleaning out her garage and gave me a computer manual from my college days - I graduated in 85. It is strange to look at, because it has all these commands - you have to type run and then the name of the file. Hilarious!

Linda_J said...

Looks terrific--good that you found the Sam block so it could be included. You will find a spot for the Christmas flower

ForestJane said...

I think it's fun to look back and remember the inspiration for each block, on a sampler. I've been making blocks for a king size waterbed sampler for... *coughs* more than 10 years, and SOME day I'll get it all together.

Dawn said...

Oh those are beautiful blocks and will make a great sampler!