Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Grandma's Donuts



Scrappy antique quilts make my heart go pitty pat, especially the ones with circles. Until I started quilting myself, if I heard the word "quilt," my brain went instantly to great grandma's hand pieced double wedding rings.

One of my quilty weaknesses is old quilt magazines with vague patterns. No careful instructions and illustrations for each step, just a template and a brief bit of instruction to piece the circles and then applique them.

I bookmark hundreds of patterns, promising myself I'll make them someday. This would've been one of those probably-never-to-be-made patterns, except the wedge template looked so small I thought it'd be a great way to use up some strings that were a bit wider than I wanted.

Tracing and cutting the six hundred and forty wedges was not a quick and easy project. Neither was turning under the edges of the circles and pinning themselves into place before appliqueing them down. I thoroughly melted the no-melt mylar template I made to keep them round (and singed my fingertips) before deciding to just eyeball it.

If any of my quilts survive to wind up in an antique shop someday, I kinda hope this is one of them!

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

18 comments:

Robin said...

Scrappy and totally fabulous! When you said you melted your no-melt template, I had to laugh. I've done that a few times now. Congratulations on a gorgeous quilt!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful QUILT is work!

Mary said...

And how nice it turned out. I know how those no-melt things get hot! I had to buy a new applique pressing sheet because mine was cracking. I hope this one survives to be an Antique for your family too

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is what quilting is all about! Love your creation and I know it will be a treasure for many, many years.

Cheri said...

I hope one of my dgd's finds it in that antique shop. It is loverly!

Jessica said...

this is really pretty. i hope your fingers have healed.

SheilaC said...

wOw! 640 wedges! Amazing, but so worth it. Your quilt is beautiful!

SheilaC

Becky said...

This is so beautiful. So much work, but so worth it!

AnnieO said...

Oh, the comment about vague directions in magazines defintitely brought a smile! Your quilt is definitely heirloom worthy and I could look at it for hours. Scrappy is best in my book. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

Ariane said...

I just love this quilt so much!! I need to make one like this!! It's got all the things I love! Thanks for sharing!

Angie @ CraftedAngles said...

Lovely applique! Did you sew them by hand or by machine.
Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

traceyjay said...

such a beautiful quilt... I love circles! :)

Carol said...

Your story definitely made me chuckle :) Pretty quilt.

Kelli said...

This is such an amazing quilt!
SO much work but it is definitely a perfect quilt for scraps!
Great job, I love it!

Karen said...

You must be so patient. There is so much work in this quilt.
It looks wonderful!

Rachaeldaisy said...

This quilt was worth all the work (and the singed fingers, ouch! i know that feeling!!)it's so beautiful!!

Carolyn said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!

Eileen said...

fantastic! love your circles of so many colors. a lot of work to make a stunning quilt. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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