Mystery Quilt Revealed

A week or so ago I posted some random quilt pieces I’d come across, curious if anyone recognized them.  Then a few days later someone gave mom some quilt books she was getting rid of and as I flipped through one of them I was delighted to recognize that curve.

Unknown Quilt Pieces on Jan Made It

Turns out I was trying to make something round, when the actual pattern is square. The curves go to the middle. I rough-cut the pieces and just scooched them into place so I could show what it’s supposed to look like.

Hands all around

And you can tell by the “hands” at each of the four corners, it utilizes the diamond shape too.

Unknown Quilt Pieces on Jan Made It

It’s called Hands All Around and here is a pretty red and white one and a vintage scrappy one.  Here’s another one with the blocks assembled on the diagonal with a vintage lady featured in the center. Here’s a pretty blue and white one.

This is one of the quilt blocks that’s used for Friendship Quilts. These quilts include a blank space for individuals to sign their names or record other information that’s then embroidered permanently on the block. They are also called Signature Quilts or Autograph Quilts.

The googling I did for Hands All Around didn’t turn up anyone who had made one recently and I saw comments that weren’t really excited about the curved lines in the block. Several of the quilt tops I saw had been hand-pieced.

I’ve already figured out a way to eliminate the corners, by making more triangles, it’s a technique I’ve seen on Fons and Porter and Eleanor Burns. But I don’t think there’s a way around the curves. I’ll just have to stitch slow.

I’ll make one Hands All Around block in the red, white and blue just to say I did.  Then  we’ll see if I want to make more or if it just becomes a pillow or maybe a tote bag. With just a few I could make a table runner or some placemats for the 4th of July.

What do you think? Would you color match it, or make it scrappy?

Fabric Flowers

If you know me in person you know I frequently wear a flower pin on a plain t-shirt. It started a few years ago when I got a brand new bright yellow shirt that fit perfectly and was the perfect shade of yellow.

After I wore if a few times I noticed a tiny pinprick hole near the neckline binding on the left side. Arrgggghh! But I was determined to continue wearing it and I came across a scrap, a very small scrap of vintage yellow fabric with strawberries on it. After I mulled it over awhile I gathered it into a circle, topped it with some red, and found some vintage buttons to layer on the top.
Vintage Fabric Flower on JanMadeIt

Now that I describe the process, I really should take it apart and feature the vintage fabric that inspired me.

But a new hobby was born (like I needed another). Here’s how I used another very small scrap of vintage fabric. I stitched this one into little pleats to form the circle.

Vintage Black and Bright Fabric Flower on JanMadeIt

The fabric had a looser weave, so I added a little blanket stitch to keep it from fraying too much. I don’t think the buttons are vintage, but they were the right size and color.

Since my wardrobe is primarily jeans and a t-shirt, I went a little nuts making these fabric flowers the last few years. This morning I took pictures of just the ones that are handy and ended up with over forty images.

I get lots of comments and questions about how I make them. I’ll just pick up a scrap, and grab a needle and thread and start doing something with it. I’m halfway done by the time I think to take a picture to show how I do it.

I wear them on a pin back, but they can easily be applied to a hair clip, a headband, ponytail holder, a hat… anywhere you want some embellishment.

This one is trimmed with baby rick rack, and centered with a scrap of lace and vintage buttons. Vintage Buttons and Lace on JanMadeIt

I made several with this same black and ivory calico.  Here’s another vintage button and some lace. I think this one went through the wash with the shirt I wore it on. The frayed edges are a little wrinkled.

Calico, vintage button and lace on JanMadeIt

Here I continued with the lace and twisted the black calico and a strip of ivory into this rosette. Looks like I need to clip some stray threads off this one.

Black and Ivory Calico Rosette on JanMadeItI think you get the idea. There are literally dozens more where these came from. I’ll try to share more of them in the coming weeks.

Anyone else out there make flowers?  Mine are all ad lib, but there are some really nice specific patterns and techniques I’d like to try. Let me know what you think.

Jan

What is this curved piece used for?

My mom participates in activities at the senior citizen’s center and it’s not unusual for some of the folks to bring in random things to share when they move or downsize. Lots of books, art supplies, plant cuttings, and fabrics make their way to the table out front. Not long ago mom brought home a stash of quilting leftovers. In amongst the scraps she found some already cut quilt pieces.

And there’s one we can’t figure out.

Unknown Quilt Pieces on Jan Made It

She’s already made two quilts (that I know of) from rescued already-cut quilt pieces. This blue and pink is twin sized. The solid blue and floral print rectangles were rescued and she pulled the pink out of her stash for the border.

Rescue Quilt Blue and Pink

This print fabric is from the 70s or 80s and coincidentally it’s a fabric she’d used before. She tracked down her own scraps to cut an extra piece or two. I think I suggested the saw tooth edge. It’s one of my favorite borders, but there wasn’t enough to go all the way around so it’s just on the sides.

More recently she took a pile of squares we found and came up with this.

Rescue Quilt on Jan Made It
These fabrics are more recent, maybe ten years ago?, and I had some of this collection in my stash. It’s a double size quilt.

But back to this recent find. There were stacks and stacks of diamonds in a variety of calicoes. And there was a smaller batch of a curved piece.

Unknown Quilt Pieces on Jan Made It

Now there are lots of things to do with a pile of diamonds: make stars, stitch them end to end into rows, assemble a V pattern make rows of chevron; but we’re having a hard time with the curved piece. We tried to fit the curved piece and the diamond together, but the angles and edges don’t fit together.

Any idea what quilt pattern this piece makes? Does it go together to make a circle? Or maybe every other one flips and makes a snake-like row? Is it all pieced together to make a block, or is it stitched to a block like an applique?

Unknown Quilt Pieces on Jan Made It

I’m sure Mom will come up with something great once she wraps her head around these curves. I’m the one who wants to know what it was cut for.  I haven’t found an index of quilt pieces and what they’re used for, but surely there’s a quilter out there who can help.

Any ideas? And what would you make out of it

Jan

Scrappy Little Piggy

This little piggy  hasn’t been to market yet, but she’s ready whenever you are.

Little Piggy by Jan on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Little Piggy made by Jan 

Little Piggy on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Scrappy Little Piggy

One way I put my scraps to good use. Do you save your scraps? What do you do with them?

Jan

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