Each day we learn something new. Today, I learned several things including, that I can still surprise myself. Back in December 2018, I posted about using up some surplus fabric strips. I was in a red and orange mood and found quite a bit of patterns to work with. I photographed some of the blocks in progress. They do look very cheerful, don’t they!?
Let me pause to mention that I enjoyed Barbara Brackman’s blog article this week on the history and regionalism of string quilts. If you’re not already familiar with her expertise then let me bring you up to speed. She’s a quilter, quilt historian and author. She has a specialty in Civil War quilts with tremendous knowledge of all things fabric. She will blow your mind with her detailed research into quilts, fabrics, quilt makers and more. This week she mentioned that strip quilts are “pieced of irregularly shaped strips” while string quilts are when the “strips seem to be the same width.” In addition, it seems that antique string quilts are considered Southern in design. I’m from Southern California, but I don’t think that is what she’s talking about! I guess if I’m being precise and historically accurate (not that we quilters follow a rule book), my work here ought to be called a strip quilt top.
I obviously hadn’t seen this quilt top in a long time. Today, I went to my closet and proceeded to take photographs before donating it to Covered In Love. Imagine my surprise as I’m looking through the lens and I see a heart!!
I forgot that I had finished this strip quilt into a heart design. Crazy me, I needed to turn the quilt and photograph it the right way!! LOL- I literally laughed out loud. Here’s the quilt photographed the right way!!
It’s finally the end of August and time to send in my CIL red, white and blue star blocks. You may recall these are just some of the blocks that I’ve shared which are being sent.
I plan to slip this scrappy quilt top into the box along with my total of 29 blocks. (I might have made one more if only I had been counting as I sewed!) I hope these blocks and the quilt top, once made into quilts, will bring solace to families in need of comfort.
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