Good Morning from 24 Blocks! We hope that this morning's featured quilts, all by our readers, bring you joy and inspiration.
"Aunt Gracie's Garden" is a delightful quilt pattern that combines two different forms of blocks to create the overall look of interlocking circles. It's bordered, then, with applique. The beauty shown here was done by Amanda Curtiss who writes, "This is a quilt top I have just finished. It is Aunt Gracie's Garden. I knew when I saw it I wanted to try it. Can't wait to quilt it." We found instructions for the quilt at fonsandporter.com
We just love crazy quilts...and all the updated approaches to them. This one, by Nancy Norton Toner, took 3 years and combines crazy quilt blocks with solid blocks. She made it for her daughter, using material from her favourite clothing through the years. We'd like to thank Nancy for sharing it with us all and for explaining her technique:
"All the crazy quilt blocks took a long time, just made a random pattern on a piece of paper, then cut it up into pieces and made templates from the plastic that comes on boxes( I a very low tech here). You sew a piece on right sides together, flip I over and iron it flat, then do the same with the next piece. She had collections of buttons and little charms she found over the years, so I added a lot of those as embellishments. I call it the Behemoth. The batting was two old pillows that I took out of the cloth casing and washed, it unrolled in big fluffy sheets, who knew! It weighs a ton."
Nancy went on to say that it took about 3 years to embroider all the parts. (She did other projects in between). Here's a closeup and, as we all know, it's the closeup sections of crazy quilts that have the magic:
Pam Vanoverschelde added interest to a traditional Lone Star by adding 3 Star Bursts on each side. It really gives it more movement, more visual appeal. We love her use, also, of the deep pieced border. Pam made it for her guest room. It's a very welcoming quilt that will help make quests feel like stars!
Thanks to Pam, Nancy and Amanda for sharing their very beautiful work with us. It's a good way to start the day!