I’m still trying to catch up on posting some prior finishes….
My grandma (dad’s mom) passed away a few years ago. She was a big time crafter and her biggest love was knitting. I have tried a few times (unsuccessfully) to knit so I’m sticking with sewing for now. Even though she was a knitter at heart she had a fabric stash and some of those beauties were handed down to me when she passed away.
Many of these fabrics are narrower than the standard 42 width”. From what I found online, fabric sold in the pre-1950’s era was narrower than the contemporary standard of 42-60″. I wish I had taken a better photo of these fabrics up close.
I went to a local fabric store and picked up some other prints that I thought worked well with the original fabrics. Then I cut out (what felt like hundreds) of 2 inch circles and 8 inch squares. For the circles, I traced the top of a jar lid and then cut them out by hand. After I finished the quilt I found this amazing Fiskar’s Circle Cutter and I will be cutting out all of my circles this way in the future!
I initially attempted to do an enclosed circle (to avoid raw edges) but it was too bulky and time consuming so I decided to just appliqué the raw edges of the circles using a blanket stitch on my machine. I did not fuse my pieces or use any spray starch and it turned out ok, but I think when I do more appliqué in the future I am going to use the starch method. Piece N Quilt has a nice tutorial here.
I wanted a random, scrappy look, but still felt like I needed to lay it all out before I started sewing.
I put a cozy flannel sheet on the back and bound it in a vintage yellow floral print. I gifted this to my dad for Christmas and hopefully it will keep him warm in snowy Minnesota!
I’m filing this under 2017 finishes.