Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quilt-ish stuff...

Now for some quilting content! Stina of www.kviltstina.blogspot.com designed these lovely heart stitcheries around February...hey, I am only a month and 1/2 behind! I stitched some of the blocks, then played around with some orphans and scraps and came up with this. I think I will crazy quilt it, you know, with embellishments and stitchery.
One of the stitchery blocks...
And don't you think that these blocks should fit into the quilt somewhere? They were a gift from a dear friend, Joyce in Arizona. They are so cute, very small, and so precise. I love them! She also sent Christmas fabrics so I could make a replacement Christmas star quilt for the one I botched up...and she sent a bunch of 1 and 1/2 inch strips! I have some again, now!! Such gorgeous fabrics, too. Thank you, Joyce!
While all the hospital drama was going in this last week, I went out of the hospital for a little bit to get a small lunch...and the quilt shop was 3 blocks away, so I ended up there for a few minutes. An older lady came in with an armload of 1930's quilts, she said her mother had passed away and she did not know what to do with her old quilts. The quilt shop took them and passed them along free of charge to anyone who would give them a good home. Here is the one they gave to me. It was dirty, dirty...so I thought, hey, just give it a try, and I washed it on gentle. It came out sparkling and fresh! It was quilted all in purple thread, by hand, and the back was turned to the front for the binding. It was a comfort to me last week...the batting was very thick, I think maybe hand made, bunched up a little, but very warm. It has a few tattered places, but on the whole is intact.
Here is the block. I have not seen this pattern before. She used lots of dress making scraps, and lots of different purples to quilt it. I love it!!!



Husband update: He continues to do better, just terribly swollen and tender of course, but I am so glad to have him here. Thank you so much to everyone whose thoughts and prayers held us up during this very scary experience!!! You are wonderful to me.



Have a super day!

Julie

32 comments:

Sharon said...

What a lovely quilt. The kindness of strangers and you needed a little pick me up! How perfect. Glad your DH is home and recovering.

Barb said...

Love your red....

Béa said...

How beautiful is your red miniquilt! Very good use of Stina's blocks & orphans.

ria vogelzang said...

Love your hart-stitcherie-quilt!
And it is as if God let you know threw all the gifts He is there for you and your DH!
I absolutely love the quilt you got!!
That is a very special thing for a gift!
Hope you enjoy your day! Still praying for a good recovery of your DH and for your rest!
Love, Ria.

Ali Honey said...

Glad your Hubby is okay ...I'm sending Best Wishes to you both. I wish him a full and rapid recovery.

The old quilt gift is lovely - glad it gave you some comfort.
Hugs from Ali.

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Terry said...

Love what you did with Stina's hearts! Love the old quilt too. How sad that woman didn't want to keep them for herself though.

Amelia said...

Love the red and white look going on in that arrangement of blocks.

Looks like the '30's quilt washed up wonderful...bet you felt lucky to receive one.

Glad your husband is doing much better...when will he be able to return to work?

have a great week,

Lori said...

The little red and white will be perfect for a little bit of crazy quilting.
It's so nice you will love and appreciate the vintage quilt. Sure is better then donating to the thrift store!!

Shari said...

A husband on the mend and an old quilt saved - sounds like a good week to me.
Hugs - Shari

Jan said...

So glad that hubby is doing better! The quilt is just what you needed---it is so pretty! Will continue to pray!

Darlene said...

Sending more healing thoughts to your husband.

What sweet little quilt you made with Stina's hearts.

The quilt you received was meant to be yours - you'll love it more than anyone else would. It came to you at THE perfect moment.

Karen said...

I like what you did with Stina's heart patterns. Something very different. It definitely looks like Valentine's Day. You will have a new quilt for next February. An early start not late.

Stina said...

Oh Julie... The little quilt is gorgeous!!!!! LOVE IT!!! :o)
Love that you used red... sooo clever..:o)
Hope I can borrow your picture and show on my blog too..:o) Please..:o)
And wow.. what a wonderful old quilt... it is so pretty..lucky you could wash it... what a treasure!!! :o)
So good to hear husband gets better and better for every day!!

Vicki W said...

Wow, what a treat to receive a hand quilted quilt! it's hard to believe that someone would just give them all away but at least she took them to a place where they will receive proper care.

Glad you hubby continues to improve!

Karen said...

What a treasure, how lucky were you to be in the right place at the right time. So glad you DH is recovering.

Libby said...

What a delightful treat - it was surely kismet that you stopped in at the quilt shop that day!

A Garden of Threads said...

Glad hubby is feeling better, love the red quilt and what luck to receive the heirloom quilt. Imagine all the stories it could tell, I am glad it came your way just as you needed comforting. Take care.

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cute, cute stuff! love it all, your opening picture is stunning!

Sophie said...

This is GREAT! I love it. Keep up the great work!

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Quilt Hollow said...

I'm glad you have him with you too...been thinking of you.

Texan said...

Love the older quilt you were given... very pretty... you just can't beat those older quilts made with what ever the person had to make them with :O)...

I am sooooooooo glad your DH is doing okay and getting better... will keep you guys in my prayers!

I know he is being spoiled rotten by his nurse :O)...

Sue-Anne said...

Your red quilt is really cute and what perfect timing to be given an old quilt! A lovely distraction from a traumatic week. Glad to hear that hubby is on the mend.

Kaaren said...

Great news about your DH, Julie.

I think your heart quilt will look wonderful finished off crazy quilt style.

Your antique quilt is amazing. I can't believe that they were given away. But now they are going to homes where people will appreciate them. I know you will treasure it.

country mouse said...

So glad to hear DH is doing well. How wonderful to be in the right place at the right time and be able to receive such a beautiful quilt. What a treasure!

Quilter Kathy said...

So glad to see all the quilty comfort you received lately...the beautiful quilt you received (with the purple quilting...gotta love that!) and the little valentine's project you are stitching your heart into :)
Great news that DH is home and recovering well.

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Stephanie D. said...

What a pleasant surprise--to get out for a break and come home with not only a husband on the mend, but an antique quilt as well!

Obviously your guardian angel is a quilter!

Meggie said...

What a wonderful old quilt. I wonder what they will do with mine, when I am gone...?
How is it, with such modern medicine, it takes so much to detect appendicitis?
So glad your DH is doing well.
We are not having such luck...

Nines said...

So happy that your sweet husband is back on the road toward healthy- what a scare! The quilts are lovely.

Helen in the UK said...

How lovely that those old quilts are going to homes that will appreciate them! LOVE the shoo fly blocks - hope you do incorporate them into something :)