Tuesday, March 11, 2008

OK Julie......I'll rise to your bait...*VBS*

My friend Julie Q, over at Julie K Quilts has shown her oldest UFO...and it's a lovely 'beginnings' of a quilt top. I commented I wasn't sure I wanted to show something that's ancient.So she challenged me..so here it is, this UFO is OLD.It's been laying around as a pile of blocks since sometime in the 1980's! Yup, that's right...minimum of 20 years, probably more like 25 or 26. Our outgoing guild president selected this block(and an odd size 4 3/8's" for her President's Block)I made one for her and keep on piecing..but I got tired of it. Believe it or not, the pattern there by the blocks,this is PRE-sew and flip! Now it would be a cinch to finish up by doing the sew and flip method on assorted background squares...maybe that will motivate me...right Julie???
Here's a little top I pieced a week or so ago....playing with my 1.5" and 2.5" squares, setting them with whatever was left of that ancient paperdoll fabric. It's as big as I could make it, no more paperdolls to make it bigger(stashbusting!). I added borders yesterday after seeing how Dawn, of Quilts and Pieces just whips 'em together....she gets soooo much done and works too! What is my excuse??? Excuse me while I think of one.........
I'll be doing some quick(I hope) hand quilting on this little doll quilt and giving it to Jean for her birthday, later this month *VBS*
***And in the un-necessary "DRAMA QUEEN" department, the not-so-very dear version of Anonymous wasn't happy with just kicking puppies, yesterday, she stuck her nose in here. Shall we talk about people throwing the first stone? Or maybe tying kitty tails togethe? Or maybe just trying out for Gloom-peddlar of the day?? I think she'd make it.
I've yet to understand how a select "few" can take things OUT OF CONTEXT, and immediately JUMP to a conclusion, and fire their snide remarks.
Perhaps it was an error on my part to offer any of Mr. Lewis's views of the Appliachia area.With a picture of the book and **excerpt** indicated,how oculd anyone think I was taking credit for the content? I have always stood in admiration of the Hill people, of their ability to survive and even thrive in a difficult setting. I would happily have been one of them, and that idea still appeals to me. I also understand that 'outlanders' or outsiders are not particularily welcome there, and they like things just the way they are. That's fine with me. I also own a copy of "A People and Their Quilts" by John Rice Irwin, which I love reading and looking at the quilts. I am thrilled to having found the Mountain Artisans book at a thrift shop not too long ago.
I'd like to share a few more pages of it with you, as the drawings and ideas for quilts are just AMAZING and it's hard to believe that they were put on paper before 1973. Back then much of the fabric was sporting HUGE white daisy type shapes, and flower power ruled! Give me a day or two to get my tail feathers back in order and then I'll scan a drawing or two.
And my apologies to all the NICE anonymous readers, you no longer have a voice here.

12 comments:

meggie said...

That was such a rude comment yesterday Finn. Anyone who took the time to read your post knew there was no plagiarism, nor credit taken for the book. Idiot Anonymous.
You are right, a lot of anonymous commenters just dont have blogs, but like to show admiration, & it is a shame they have to suffer.
Thank you for you hugs FinnXX

Quilt Pixie said...

may you be comforted by the knowledge you did nothing wrong, and that your friends know that...

Smiled at your UFO, as I was sorting pictures today and found one of a quilt on a frame from the 80's, that has long since disintegrated (I didn't know about 1/4 seams and using good fabric)...

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

Well shucks, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the Infamous Anonymous. I think I have a copy of that book in my collection somewhere... and I *know* I have that paper doll print - still untouched! You may shame me into using it yet!

Norma said...

I don't kmow how you could use that paper doll fabric...I would have to save it just to look at now and then! LOL I love the little quilt though.

Some folks have to put their "valuable" two cents in, too bad when they do that, they don't also use their real name. Those of us who know you well, know what you were saying. Sorry others lose out because of one person.

Caryn said...

Gee, maybe that's the key - hold on to my UFOs long enough until there is a better method invented! My oldest UFO has a lot of flying geese and back then there was no "quick" method for flying geese!

cher said...

I read the previous post and skipped the comments-so no comment from me!
thanks for sharing this ancient ufo and I hope you play with it again.
in the meanwhile, the small doll quilt is charming and enjoy the hand quilting. hugs!

Barbara C said...

Oh, I like the idea of showing your oldest UFO. I've got a doozy in my stash.

I love the little paper doll quilt. So charming.

Don't let the nay-sayers get you down. Hugs.

fleaface said...

Sister Sue:
Just stopping in this a.m. and am sorry to read that an "anonymous" coward was mean to you!!
Hugs and love, xoxoxoxoxo
Loved! reading what you'd quoted and it sounded to me the way you speak of history past.
Hope your days are going good, love your "paper doll" top! Sweet :)

julieQ said...

Ok, you beat me in the UFO department! But what a neat start for your quilt...I like it, I like it!! Some people are just downers...don't let them spoil all your great positive energy!! They would complain if they were hung with a new rope!

Pam said...

Love the paper doll quilt. So cute. Ignore Anonymous. I wish I had a copy of the book. It looks great. I will check around and see if I can whine and beg for one!

dee said...

Hi Darling Finn! I have nearly 200 of those Indian Hachet blocks left and I've already made two baby quilts with what I originally had. Nothing like being obssessed with scraps. When I started the pile I wanted to make a quilt with my Civil War fabrics-that morphed into using a piece of every fabric I have...that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. Mine are paper pieced and making them was like eating potato chips, you just can't stop.

Libby said...

Those paper dolls! Reminds me of Betsy McCall *s*
Sorry you were assailed by a grump - it seemed clear to me that proper credit was given. I regularly enjoy flipping through the pages of 'A People and Their Quilts' The personal accounts of the quilts and life in general are just outstanding.