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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sometimes they find us

When you are thinking about what next to make, don't you think that sometimes they just find us, instead of us finding them?
I was out at my local op shop yesterday with the DH.  He looks for books, and I look for other treasures.  He called me to show me a heap of quilting magazines he had just found in a box.  I stopped him in time as he was loading his arms up, as they were mostly recent Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazines, most of which I already have.  However, there were a few treasures near the bottom of the box.  I always look out for old Lady's Circles and Quilt magazines.  They have old quilts often shown in historic homes.  I flipped through the pages and found something that took my eye!
this is dated 1988

I know the quilt shown is not exactly what I made but it gave me the idea.  Guess this is where "inspired by" comes in :-)

Last night I traced off the templates, and went through the scrap boxes - yes "boxes" - I have several and bags.
Before I went to bed I had the circle made, and settled on the cheddar background.  This was in the bottom of the cupboard.  I bought it for another project on the "to do" list, but that can wait a bit longer.  It is Moda Bella and the colour is Cheddar.

Today I dug out the collection of solids I had stashed for an Amish kind of project that never happened, and cut out the circles around the edge
The two circles are hand pieced together, then the outer circle appliqued in place.

I used my Larger Perfect Circles to make the centre ring from the background fabric.

Then I removed the circle template, pressed the circle, and appliqued that in place

Finally I could make the centre circle with one of the small Perfect Circles, and applique that in place.

Don;t you just love starting something new?  I do, and it inspires me to use up some of these treasured old fabrics I have laying about.  I plan to make each of the 20 blocks from a different set of fabrics, and the featured outer and inner rings will be a mixture of darker solids


  1. Oh my, what a nice find you had!! I really like that pattern, and I think I will pay more attention when browsing at the Op shop.

  2. Great block and Op shops are wonderful places for inspiration - a lot of my books with old and historic quilts hail from there. Happy New Year.

  3. What a great way to find inspiration!
    Your first block is wonderful - can't wait to see how this quilt turns out! You're off to a terrific start already this New Year.

  4. I have to agree, I love to find really old quilt magazines too!!! I notice that the blocks in the quilt in the magazine were made in the 1930's!! Your version of these blocks is quite striking, good luck with the remaining blocks, can't wait to see the quilt finished!!!

  5. Very neat, I like the blue solids. How big is the finished block? Looks like a fun project.