Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September ~ Hope Chest


Did you give up on me?  It was very close, but finally finished on the last day of September!  So much has been going on here the past month: big chickens (which went out last week), more hay to bale and haul, garden harvest of tomatoes and peas, all of which I'm very thankful!  So I grabbed every spare minute to work on a crazy quilt.

"Crazy quilts, born of necessity, were made in an all-over design consisting of pieces of material, regardless of size or color...They were sewed together in crazy fashion, usually on an inner lining ..."  Marguerite  Ickis/The Standard book of Quilt Making and Collecting.

My fabric pieces were scraps given to me by my mother-in-law several years ago; most are large prints left from shirts, etc. she had made for her grandchildren in the 1980s.  I pieced the blocks on newspaper, then trimmed them to size.  A quilt with such a busy pattern needs no fancy quilting stitches, (as if I could!) therefore I simply quilted along each seam line, except in the solid red, where I did a melon-shaped pattern.


 The quilt measures approximately 52 1/2" x 62 1/2", a good size to throw over the foot of the bed on a cold night ~ or


as a lap quilt to snuggle under while reading or watching TV ~ or,

spread it on the ground for a picnic lunch.

And while we're talking crazy, how did this fella get to be in the middle of the quilt?  Perhaps the bowl of chips can be set over him. (Also, I see a seam I skipped :()  Now to come up with an October project!

Charlotte







30 comments:

  1. Love this Charlotte! The colors are so cheerful. I've so enjoyed hearing from you.

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  2. I like it! This time of year, I don't know how you get a single minute to sit and stitch.

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  3. I like it too! Really fun and cheerful.
    I have done no handwork to speak of but I am well now so once I get the housework sort of caught up, I want to sew.

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    1. Rhonda, I just read about the accident; somehow I missed it before. So glad it wasn't worse and hope you're feeling much better by now.

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  4. Beautiful quilt & I love the muscle guy!

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  5. I love your crazy quilt - I keep saying I am going to make one complete with embroidery and never get to it - one could say I have too many quilt projects going on!

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  6. Such a bright and cheerful quilt. But, set the chips on Mr. Cool...Never! I don't remember any of these scraps...???

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  7. This is so pretty and cheerful, Charlotte. The muscle guy is a nice whimsical touch. :-)

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  8. What a colorful and happy quilt. You did a great job.

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  9. I love this quilt Charlotte. It's good to hear you've been busy with your garden.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I've missed you! Yes, we only have a small garden, but it's wonderful how blessed we've been this year to have rain just when we needed it.

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  10. Every day I have come to your site
    and knew you were busy - with no post
    and was concerned about you :)
    Love you latest creation
    and all you create.
    Take care..

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    1. Ernestine, really not too busy to post, just worn out with it I think. Sometimes I think of "dropping off the face of the earth" with blogging. :) It consumes a lot of time I could be using otherwise. I do read your blog each time you write. Thank you for your friendship!

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  11. Oh, Charlotte, I just love all the "hope chest" items you create! This will certainly be a treasure for years to come...makes me think of my nana's house...well, maybe without the "muscle man!"...smile...

    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  12. Problems with computer
    I have lost all of my bloggers
    so reentering addresses each time one comments.
    I think at time of stopping
    but sure helps me
    being alone---

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    1. I've left a comment for you so I can be on you list :)

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  13. Love the colors! So pretty. I don't quilt (except one when I was twelve), but I have a few that my grandmother made; she hand stitched until she was 102, and blind. They are so precious to us.

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    1. Quilting has always been a part of my life. Mama quilted on a frame hung from the ceiling for a long time. I can understand how precious your grandmother's quilts are to you.

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  14. Very cheerful! Can't wait to see your next project! Nancy

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  15. Wow, this is so beautiful. I wish I had an ounce of talent as you. I love to quilt but they pale in comparison to yours. Hope it all settles down soon for you. Hugs, xo

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  16. That metal bed and quilt takes me back to my childhood bedroom. At night, I'd stick my wad of bubble gum up on the bedpost to save for the next morning. LOL

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    1. I slept in a bed like this until a teenager. As an adult, I was on a search for one for several years, found this one, and waited several more years before the farmer sandblasted it, filled dents, and painted it for me. This is where I sleep now; wonderful little bed.

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  17. Your Crazy Quilt is fabulous. I love the colors very much. My mama used to make Crazy Quilts. I just love this pattern. You've done a wonderful job with this lovely quilt.

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  18. So beautifully vibrant! I love that old bed that it is on! So charming!

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  19. This is such a vibrant and pretty quilt! Perfect for being cozy in that pretty old bed!

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  20. I added a photo of the Italian hat straw I use to make my bonnets to the post. You can go back are see it. I also have added a link to Judith M Millinery where I but it. I just sew them up.

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  21. Hi, just dropped by to see what you are up to. Have a great day!

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  22. Just dropped back by to say hello. Hope you are slowing down and taking good care of yourself!

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  23. Beautiful quilt. So bright and cheerful!

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