Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My version of a classic~~~

One of my biggest thrills in life is to find a true vintage or antique quilt. Even if it's in poor shape, I love it. I have found that in this part of the country, East Texas, I have found some true treasures. The prices have shot up dramatically in the past 5 years since I have been buying but it doesn't seem to stop me.

I wanted to share one of these little gems. After a lot of research, baby dahlia seems to be the name. I am sure there are a dozen more, but I settled on baby dahlia. I found a row of torn, dirty and sad blocks in disrepair and bought them anyway. Always the orphan hunter! I put my own spin on them and made them into a table runner. As luck would have it my wild flowers were cooperating and so was my camera. I made some into kits for my shop selling for $29.99. I enjoyed putting this runner together (20" x 46"), a little applique (running stitch), embroidery and hand quilting. It's rather difficult to see but I added a ton of french knots in the center. The kit includes the backing. All you have to add is the pearl cotton,( I love the look and feel of Valdani threads for most of my needs) needle, batting, freezer paper and thread for piecing and quilting.

I need to get back to my sewing room...rearranging my stash...and settling my shop into place. Hoping you have a wonderful day...Elaine

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