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THE 80's quilt

over easter I was able to get my hands on the original quilt that I’ve been basing my blocks on. I wasn’t lying about the green was I? I don’t know too much about the quilt, other than my mil won it in some charity raffle. it was handmade my a group of women, but I’m not sure what their group was or if they had a group name even. I know that my mil was too busy to pick it up after winning it, since it was in the middle of a work day, so she sent her mom, who was also a crafter, to receive it on her behalf. apparently they really took their time showing her every little stitch and block design. I’m imagining tom’s grandma being surround by a bunch of ladies all wanting attention on their block. the only other clue I have, and it isn’t a very good one, is the embroidered block on the top left of the picture. if tom hadn’t held the quilt upside down, it would read “bethlehem senior citizens”. not sure if they’re supposed to represent every single senior citizen in town or if someone didn’t bother to write “center” or something like that.

THE 80's quilt

I’ve been working on what I thought were the first two rows, but really the last two columns. either way, I still have a quite a few blocks ahead of me. my quilt will turn out a bit smaller, my blocks right now are 12″ while in the original quilt they are 14″. I still have no idea how I’ll do the sashing, but that’s ok. I’m just taking it one block at a time.
can you spot my new blocks in the original?

block 11

this one is so out of my comfort zone, but I love it.

block 10

I used my own silk screened fabric for this. I like how quirky it looks compared to the perfectly printed fabrics in the other blocks.

sawtooth star (block 9)

I cut the center fabric to play off the appliqué on the original block.

hourglass block

this one is so simple, almost boring, but still one of my faves.

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  • Lisa April 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Are you gonna replicate the entire quilt? Yowza, that’s ambitious!

  • Virginia April 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I really adore blocks number 1 and 3 (of yours). But then, I am definitely in my orange period, which is weird, because I have never had an orange period in my life.
    Anyway, they’re all lovely. Can’t wait to see the finished product. The quilt that your MIL won is also pretty.

  • Amy April 13, 2010 at 8:26 am

    That’s going to be one stunning quilt!

  • Laurie April 13, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Hmmm…with all that green I was going to suggest it was an alumni group for Michigan State or Ohio University. 😉 Love your interpretation of the quilt!

  • Diana April 13, 2010 at 11:24 am

    ah, its good to see the quilt you are working from! Nice variety of blocks in there to practice 🙂

  • Oiyi April 14, 2010 at 11:33 am

    That quilt is stunning! I am so impressed you are recreating it.

  • Monet April 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    The block with your screenprinted fabric looks fantastic–it’s my favorite one so far!!

  • yuvee April 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve been soooo inspired by this project! A few days ago I went to the Quilts exhibition at V&A London and bought a few fat quarters to start my first quilt with, and you’ve certainly been an inspiration! I’m so in love with your squares I might need to make some similar ones!

  • Alice April 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This is so cool. I love your modern take on these blocks!

  • Susanne April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    This is beautiful quilt and lovely colors. I love geometrical designs, I actually draw these same ones on my quad pad all day. I did not know that I am a quilt designer too 😉
    I like your spin on the blocks, different colors make them look completely different.

  • Allison April 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    The original is stunning but I think your copy of it is going to be even better!

  • Stephanie April 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    What a gorgeous quilt you have for inspiration! And I’m sure yours will be an appropriate tribute.