Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bye, Bye, Blackbird

When life gets a tad trying, I retreat by planning a new project - browsing thru quilt books, calculating yardage, auditioning fabric...  I 'pack up all my care and woe' and fill my head with new possibilities.  Quilts of Virginia 1607 - 1899  traveled with me last week.  I was drawn to the 'Martz Quilt', dated 1838, on pg 75.  It's a simple quilt, but very pleasing to the eye.  Things are still in the sample stage (and it doesn't look like much just yet), but I'm nearing some decisions.  I don't mind having alot of 'projects in flight' - I need the visual reminder.  

Janet asked about the quilt in the blog header.  The quilt was on exhibit at the Chicago International Quilt Festival in 2010.  I call it 'Eagles and Roses'. 

My four grandchildren (from two families) are visiting next week.  The girls (9 and 10) want to make doll quilts.  Can't wait!


regan said...

Oh, what fun you will have with the girls making their doll quilts.... that's what it's all about, right? Passing the love of quilting on to the next generation of 'fabric collectors'! Yay!

The Civil War Quilter said...

Have fun sewing with those girls. I'm a little envious having no grandchildren of my own to spoil! My Grandma taught me to sew when I was four, so I know it can be a special time for little girls. Please post pictures of their doll quilts. :-)

taylorsoutback said...

I live for the day when grandchildren are part of our lives and making little quilts a possibility!

The Virginia quilt book is one of my favorites and I never grow tired of making nine patch blocks, no matter the size. Love your fabric choices!

Kathie said...

I didn't even have to get the book out I KNEW which quilt you were talking about !
I loved that quilt from when I first received that book!
haven't met a nine patch quilt I don't love!
LOve your fabric chocies and that fabric to the left of the block what line is that from, beautiful!
ok off to get the book out, I am with you why not have a lot of projects in the go? whatever makes you happy to sew thats the project of the day/week for me!

great post...and that eagle quilt oh my a dream of mine to make a 4 block eagle quilt soon! Making this one would be a miracle! Happy 4th of July to you and your family and to Jan's as well!

Lori said...

The planning of a new project is so much fun and great therapy:)

Nancy said...

I love the state quilt history books! The applique quilt is a stunner. Enjoy your visit with family.

Marilyn Robertson said...

Making quilts with the grandkids sounds likes lot of fun to me! Hope we get to see a few photos of them - please? :)

Susie said...

Ooooohhhhh, that is a fabulous antique quilt. I'd love to have one like it.

Dawn said...

New Project
Great Antique quilt for inspiration
and Doll Quilts w The Grands
All Fabulous!

lesley said...

Our group needed to make a 60th birthday quilt in which we could all participate and chose from
Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899 page 55 Four pointed star which made a beautiful quilt. This book as others is full of great ideas. Our friend was very surprised. Lesley

Nicky said...

Don't know this book - is it a must have?