Thursday, July 28, 2016

RSC 16 week 32


I feel good about getting goals done In July. Namely, I achieved my goal of finishing a pair of Pinwheel Row quilts for One Monthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts for July.  They went from flimsies to finished entirely.  One was done with giveaway HSTs I used to make large pinwheels.  I had enough for a second row quilt as well.  All the other rows came from my stash, both backs as well..
Here is the finished pair:

It's such a good feeling to have those done.  Now I can take on another WIP or two.

I also finished up all my RSC16  blocks for watermelon month, appropriately named for all the heat everyone is suffering through.  My improv block was the final one, a little more on the structured side, inspired by some fascinating crazy stripes.

Sometimes you just have to use certain fabrics which don't let you ignore them, namely the black and rose charms. A little lime and some crazy brown ones thrown in made it quite easy to finish, no agonizing this time.  So I ended up rewarding myself with lots of emoticons this month, which are less fattening than chocolate (which would melt in my hands in the heat anyway).   

For the new purple for August I'm showing you an original table topper from around 1900 done in silks with embroidered outlines.  I have had it for years as part of my small and doll quilt collection.   The silks have shredded over the last 100 plus years, but it is has a great faded beauty.  It is about 14 inches square, has no batting and the back is a faded floral.  It is one of my treasures.

I'm going to continue showing pieces from my antique quilt collection whenever I can get good photos.  It's so nice to see how the quilting traditions have been passed on through the generations.
Now that August is here and I'm still spending time indoors with the a/c, I've pulled out all my purple stash again, a lot of it in batiks.  I'm also designing a girl quilt with fabrics I've had set aside for too long.   I hope you all have a good month ahead, keeping cool and quilting.

I'm linking up this week with
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at
Modern HST Sampler at
Blossom Heart Quilts


  1. Congrats! on your finishes and your lovely WATERMELON block. Thanks for sharing that treasure with us!!

  2. Lovely little vintage piece - and what great finishes you completed!!

  3. Congrats on the finishes. What a beautiful vintage quilt.

  4. Your finished pinwheel quilts look great! It's such a good feeling to have those finishes! I loved the picture of your antique table topper - perfect for this month's colors!

  5. I love your improv block, Paula! You "done good"! And what a great idea to show off some of your vintage and antique blocks this month! I may copy your idea, as I have some vintage hand-pieced blocks to show, and an antique crazy quilt that I've shown before. Have a great week!

  6. Congrats for the pair of pinwheel quilts. Sure you have a treasure! So precious your antique table topper. Have a great new month!

  7. Hurrah for finishing those quilts!

  8. Your finished quilts are lovely! That little antique quilt really is a treasure. I'll bet you could copy it and have one to use while keeping the treasured one safe. Just an idea!

  9. Hurray for finishes!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your purple batiks. And I love that antique star!

  10. Congrats on the finishes! The antique star is gorgeous.

  11. Oh, I love that crazy quilt piece! I don't know how I missed this post, but I did. Congratulations on your finishes!