Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Something From the Works in Progress Pile

After several years of being looked over, handled, moved about, these appliqued animals blocks have finally made it into the "finished" stack.  Well, almost; they aren't quilted yet, but there's no hurry about that.

The scrappy squares were intended to be used in a Triple Irish Chain top, but I didn't like the looks of that arrangement.  They just happened to be the right size to use with the appliqued blocks.

Each animal's body is made from the basic pear-shaped pattern, with tails, ears, or feet added.

My top measures about 38 inches square; the one in the magazine is larger.  I plan to do a lot more quilting on mine too.  The pattern came from the June, 1984 issue of the Quilt World magazine.  1984, you say?  Does that make it a vintage pattern?  I was only 43 years old that year ~ am I vintage?

Think about it,


  1. I was 39 that year, if your vintage so am I. There's the old saying, your not getting older you're just getting better!

  2. Hi Charlotte, I love your quilt, the animals are adorable. I don't think the kids would call you "vintage" just yet, they would probably use the word "old school" :) I was 21 in 1984. Wow, it just seems like yesterday. I especially love the cat square. Have a good evening and thank you for your comforting comment tonight on my blog. With Love, Delisa

  3. No it sure doesn't . I love the pattern and the animals are so cute. I can't wait to see it finished. Stay warm. Hugs

  4. Oh, Charlotte...this pattern is just too cute! I love to look through "vintage" magazines for new ideas...I just got a box full from my sister's 90 year old mother-in-law...can't wait to try some!


  5. Oh! So cute! I think it's just a perfect little quilt.

  6. Hi, your quilt is so cute and I think a child would really enjoy the animals and bright colors. In 1984, I was 25 and 3 children in a span of 3 years and a Marine husband who was gone more than he was home.

    I guess you could be called vintage, and in a very good way.

  7. Your quilt is beautiful, Charlotte, and I love the animals--so cute!

  8. I love it...so bright and colorful...just what the doctor ordered for these drab winter days.

  9. I love how vibrant the quilt is. The Pear Shaped Animals are so cute and fun. I think it is neat to pull something out from the past and bring it closer to the "finish" we want them to be.

  10. What a fun quilt top. I love applique. Your animals are so cute. You fit the applique blocks and little squares perfectly.
    I wish I had your gift for hand-quilting. I'm just not patient enough for it.
    Stay warm and keep safe.
    I hope you have a lovely rest of the week.

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  12. Those animals on the quilt really make it special! Looks great! Nancy

  13. Very nice! You do such beautiful quilts.

  14. I like the quilt much better the way you set it together.

    Wouldn't that mean it was already "vintage" in 1984?

    Women are like fine wine. Better with age.

    Hugs, Ilene

  15. Very cute little baby quilt! I have been working on one for my great granddaughter, too. Oh my, I was 55 in 1984 and cannot figure out where all that time went! ;-} Carol

  16. I love you quilt blocks, Charlotte. The animals are all so beautiful. I love the quilt pattern. I can't wait to see the quilt finished. I know it will be a showcase of beauty.

  17. Your header
    is the quilt on my bed
    made by my mother - love it.
    I look at your work
    and my late mother's
    and I think
    should I buy a sewing machine :)
    You inspire me
    but doing what I keep busy at
    and there is no time left :)

  18. This is too cute!! It reminds me of the animal quilt you made for me when I was little. :)