Quilting, Farming, Variety

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pickle Dish Blocks

For a few months now I've been working on and off on units for Pickle Dish blocks.  

The Pickle Dish units are basically the same as those which make a Double Wedding Ring except these have points instead of straight ends.  For this reason it is considered to be a difficult unit to piece; however, paper piecing makes it very easy and precise.



The next step is not so easy, and probably won't be precise, when I sew the curved arcs onto a white background.  I've hand pieced two Double Wedding Ring tops in the past, and so I know what to expect.  But after seeing a Fons and Porter show on PBS I have a better understanding of how to use lots of pins and take my time stitching them on the machine.

For the most part I have used small, light colored prints, and when combined with white it looks "light and airy" (an HGTV term, :)  Last week I ordered a roll of twenty seven , 6 x 43" strips in 1930s reproduction prints to give me more variety.  Some of them look and feel almost like the feed sacks Mama used to make little dresses for me.



Always in paper piecing there is some waste when the backs of the pieces are trimmed.  This is my box of trimmings:






Any bets on what I'll do with them?

Have a good day!
Charlotte

23 comments:

  1. Those are so pretty and I can't wait to see it all together. I've tried several times to make a Double Wedding Ring and never could. So, I'd never be able to do this. It takes a skilled quilter. As for the trimmings, probably put them in another quilt or doll quilts. We can't waste anything when it comes to sewing. That's what my mom used to say.

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    1. Susie, I can't see throwing these away; they're the perfect size for a small project, so why cut into a large piece of fabric.

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  2. I LOVE that roll of prints. Reminds me of a very old quilt top my mother-in-law gave me. Your quilt will be so pretty. Looks like a lot of work.

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  3. You have quite a stack of arcs sewn. You have been busy! This is going to a very pretty quilt!

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  4. I have wanted to do a Double Wedding Ring Quilt myself. Maybe someday. Love your paper piecing on the Pickle Dish. The points are perfect. Will make a beautiful quilt. I save every scrap of fabric myself and I always find use for them.

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    1. Sandra, it's good to know there is another scrap "hoarder" out there. :)

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  5. I see lots and lots of work! this will be a beautiful quilt, for sure! I used to tell Mom that the things she made from scraps were even better than the originals, so... :-)

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  6. Goodness you must have the patience of a saint. I can hardly wait to see your progress. I know your quilt will be amazing.

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    1. :) E.C. you wouldn't have thought this a few days ago when my machine was giving me trouble. After pounding my fist on the table, I threatened to take the machine to the metal scrap pile.

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  7. I have several things made by my mother from scraps.
    I wish I had her talent and yours..
    My granddaughter's note
    she is 10 and her choice of words
    blest me :)

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    1. Scraps are little tidbits of beauty to me and I love the challenge of making things from them.

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  8. I love the pickle dish units! They are charming! Cant wait to see a finished quilt!

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen; I always look forward to hearing from you.

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  9. These little units are just darling! It will be a beautiful quilt some day!

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  10. How beautiful! I love what you are doing with the pickle dish units, and the fact that you're patient enough for the work.

    I remember, back in the day, when all the quilts my grandmother made were with scraps. I have one that was made by my mom's great grandmother. It's so very fragile now, and I keep it tucked away safe from elements and the little people. :)

    xoxo

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    1. What a treasure to have your great-great grandmother's quilt! Too bad that it's so fragile; I suppose the fabrics were not of as good quality as those we can use today. Thanks for always leaving me your sweet comments!

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  11. Your work is so pretty, and I love the new fabrics you have too. Your quilt is going to be beautiful!

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  12. Oh My Gosh! I could not do this!!!
    I can remember so plain of sitting under the quilt frame set up in Great Grandma's parlor, while the ladies hand tied and chatted. Also, all my feed sack dresses basically hung from my shoulders--so cool to wear in summer.

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  13. Oh, I think you have the makings of some doll quilts or, as I call them, small wall hangings. I have made a deal with myself that I will not make any more quilt tops till I get the ones I have pieced, quilted. And sadly, I have not touched those for a long while. I find a garage sale every now and then where they are selling off quilt scraps and it's very hard for me not to buy them and bring them home. *Sigh*. Once a quilter, always a quilter. Hugs..

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  14. Really nice colors and how precise those arcs look. Cant wait to see the final product. I don't think I would tackle that. Hugs, LJ

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