So longtime bloggie friends will remember this pile of goodness straight out of the 1970's courtesy of my friend/fellow quilter, Vicki. She organizes our church craft night. One month was teaching her specialty, applique. She brought her 80's and 90's stash but left her 70's stash at home because it was "so ugly". I might have drooled or pleaded...whatever the case, she went home to get her ugly stash. I was in love. These are the types of fabrics I remember from my childhood.
In fact, this fabric from Vicki's stash was on the quilt my mom made when she was pregnant with me. Vicki gave me whatever I wanted. I felt a little guilty taking half of everything. Vicki's sister Alisa told me to just take it all. I exercised serious restraint.
The fabrics were all very dark and close in value, so I wanted to break that up with some fresh white.
I added in a couple of modern-day pieces and one 30's reproduction that blended well.
I kept the quilting very minimal...I just eyeballed diagonal lines through every other white square. Since the squares are ony 2.5" finished, I didn't mark beyond the first line or two...I just found it unneccessary.
I love this quilt. It has already served our family well.
I found this little cherry block applique at my favorite thrift store for a dime. I applied it to the backing with a machine kind of off kilter. Unfortunately, the quilting lines intersected it. Oh well- stronger label, I guess!
I found the backing for 50 cents a yard at the same thrift store. I found food stains from where these were used as tablecloths. Dear heavens, I HOPE it was a food stain! Luckily it came out with Biz. This is a poly/cotton blend. Normally I am a cotton snob but I think some of the prints on the front are poly/cotton, too. It's my quilt and I'll use poly blends if I want to!
The binding is a Japanese themed fabric (yeah, I wasn't seeing that either) I got on mega clearance from the LQS. I think it went to $2 a yard.
This quilt has been to a fireworks show and was bound up while driving through 4 states. It is now living a more tame life on my oldest son's bed.