Sewing memories

Sewing memories

Here's a top I made a little while ago.  To make it I raided my scrap buckets and found unused blocks, trimmings from oversized backings, extra pieces of fabric from quilts I've made over the years. It's truly a mix of leftovers. As I rummaged through the blocks and fabrics I couldn't help but think about the quilts that these pieces came from. For example this intersection comes from three different quits: The strawberry fabric is from Strawberries on Ice , the purple trees are from Magic Wheels and the clamshell fabric is from Octopus's Garden . The blue yellow geese were a rejected border from my Meet You in the Garden quilt On the right side of the geese are those wonderful big bold bright Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably fabrics They're from this quilt. I used it as a backing for another quilt and had to trim it back to size. The next photo has a piece of yellow 30's print from the first quilt I ever made.

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Just playing around.

Just playing around.

Sometimes it's nice to play. To simply pick a few leaves and flowers and see how they look together How about right side up ? or upside down? Shapes all lined up in a row.   A little bit random. Take a closer look.  Yes, sometimes its nice to play ... ...to see what will emerge.

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Whizz Bang! Pine Burr blocks.

Whizz Bang! Pine Burr blocks.

Next up in the Whizz Bang! series are the Pine Burr/Pine Cone blocks.  Pine Burr or Pine Cone quilts have been described as a three dimensional quilt with overlapping triangles placed in circles starting from the center.  From early to late twentieth century these quilts were popular amongst Southern African American quilters. This style of quilt making was considered masterpiece work as much as fine applique was considered in Caucasian communities. I couldn't find any information about where the idea first originated from or any information earlier than the early 20th century. If anyone knows any more information about Pine Burr or Pine Cone quilts feel free to let me know. I love how electric Pine Burr blocks look. The wonkiness suits them, gives them more movement and makes them look playful. I've been very scrappy in my fabric choices again with these blocks. Yay for red and white polka dots!  I played with different ways of making the points. S

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Whizz Bang!

Whizz Bang!

It's time to have a closer look at Whizz Bang!.  There are so many blocks with different details and we'd be here all day if I tried to squeeze everything into one post so I've decided to spread the infornation out over a few posts. Think of it like progress posts but in reverse.  So where did this quilt begin? Inspiration came from a few places but the initial spark occurred a few years ago, before my blogging days in fact. I made a pot holder using folded points. I followed the instructions of a tutorial on the Internet (I can't seem to find it now) and soon ended up with an interesting circle of points. I loved the look of all the layers and best of all it was fun to make!  There are different styles of blocks in my Whizz Bang! quilt and the blocks in this post are most like the pot holder I made. I've constructed these circles in a different way from the pot holder but the points are neatly laid out to create patterns rather than the more haphaz

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