>More charms

>I made this Ocean Waves variation also in a set of two because of the piecing technique. My daughter has its mate in NC so I can’t take a digital of it. Hers is stars in each individual color instead of multicolor as in the 2 previous quilts yesterday. This one hung on the wall above my couch for several years. It has 809 different fabrics and was made in 1990. This is my famous charm quilt, Bricks. It hung in the 1992 AQS quilt show in Paducah, KY and was also in the AQS quarterly magazine the following year. It took me a looooong time to put the binding on all of these points. This one has 961 different fabrics. It is 96″ x 96″ so I don’t have a wall big enough to photograph it on on so the bottom edge
is shown in these 2 pictures. This one was inspired by a pink and brown antique quilt pictured in some issue of Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts magazine.


>Charm Quilts

>It is time to get out the charm quilts for their photo session. I’m hoping to have digital pictures of all of my quilts soon. Charm quilts have had revivals a couple times. They started out more than a century ago and had a revival in the mid 1980’s. Our local guild wanted to do a charm quilt so another lady and I started cutting my fabrics into kits of 3-1/2″ squares and 5″ squares. About halfway through she had family matters to attend to so I finished the cutting myself, about 880 different fabrics. I took the kits to the guild meeting hoping to sell some and one of the kits was used to make a charm quilt at the meeting. None of the kits sold! Now I was on a mission to show them what could be done with a kit. In 1981 an antique version of the quilt above was in the Quilt Engagement Calendar. In Jan. 1985 someone published an article in Quilters Newsletter Magazine telling how many light/med, light/dark, and med/dark combination squares you needed to make it . In 1986 started pairing squares, drawing the line diagonally, sewing on each side and cut the marked line. But now I had 2 of every combination and each fabric was supposed to appear only once. That is how the second quilt below was born,
from the other half of the pieced squares. There was a black and white drawing of this block in a Barbara Johannah book so I converted it to lt/med/dk so I could use the 3 value ranges. The top quilt has 864 different fabrics, the bottom one 936 different fabrics. I sold most of the kits. More tomorrow.

>Patchwork from the past

>In 1984 I cut charm packs of 150 different fabrics (5″) for a friend who had booths at the Houston and Paducah quilt shows. For those of you who aren’t familiar with charm quilts, they were quilts made with each fabric used only once and were usually one patch quilts, all pieces the same shape. I still have one of the packs and I’ll take a picture and post it later.

While I was cutting the charm packs I also cut 1-1/2″ strips from the same colors and put them in a box. My daughter got married in August that year so the house was cleaned to be presentable for company and no sign of any hobbies was to be seen. Since I am stimulated by piles and jumbles, I was truly lost after the wedding and everyone had gone home. I stumbled across the box with the strips, got out the sewing machine and just started making log cabin blocks, with nothing special in mind. Then I remembered an antique quilt I had seen in one of the engagement calendars.
I looked for the picture and found it and this is my version of the quilt which I made into a tablecloth, no batting, with just a backing and lace edging.
Close ups of the lovely calicoes that we all loved so much back then.
I liked that tablecloth so much that I decided to make another. This one is from the directions in one of the Trudie Hughes books which was our first introduction to all rotary cut measurements, no templates. I made this in 1986 or 1987, shortly after closing my quilt shop.
A close up of the fabrics and the lace edging. I always used a heavy clear plastic tablecloth over these cloths which I think was considered tacky, but the tablecloths are in brand new condition which makes me happy.