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Monday, March 29, 2010

Auditioning threads for a new quilt



My desire is to Hand Quilt this. I decided it would be the most appropriate way to honor such a special little quilt top.
It was a birthday present from a very dear friend. Cleverly rolled up and tucked inside a beautiful tin pail with an adorable light green swing-handle top.
I felt like twirling around the room when I opened this amazing little treasure!

A long time quilter....I have always believed that Every Quilt Tells a Story. So like every good story worth telling; this one will start with the auditioning cast. (of threads that is) lol

Once the quilt top was laid out I couldn't wait to dive into my Fish Bowl of Hand Quilting threads. I find it so much easier to store, view & select my threads this way. The bowl also looks very decorative sitting on my sewing shelf.

This is a 32" square quilt top - made from 1800's reproduction fabrics. All of the blocks are made from different fabric combinations. Most quilters refer to this as a "Scrap" quilt. I'm guessing that a quilter from the 1800's would have chosen brown or tan thread to quilt this piece.

I've chosen to be a bit more indulgent and delved into my stash of antique (colonial) toned blue & burgundy threads as well.
Now that my thread choices have been made - this ends the first chapter of my little quilt's journey.

I would like to have this completely hand quilted by the end of Spring. As an incentive to reach my goal - I will continue to blog about this little quilt all along it's journey to completion. I am excited to share some history about fabrics from this time period and why I love them, detailed information about the quilt block pattern used in this quilt & it's origins in history as well.

Till next time.... May all your Scraps be Quilts!