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From: Patty22
Date: 08-22-2006, 09:07 AM (1 of 8)

I pulled this out of storage. I made this in 1991 when I was making shop samples (to sell patterns and fabric) for a local quilt shop. I accumulated quite a bit of scraps and this is the result. The name of the quilt is spelled out in the outside corners.

Since that time of year is coming up, thought everyone could have fun seeing some iconography used in fair play.

I love going back and seeing what fabrics were popular. There was Jinny Beyer doing a line about Columbus discovering America, Roberta Horton with her stripes and plaids, and they were just starting to come out with the turn of the century shirting and object prints (bees, horseshoes, anchors, hot air ballons).

Those reproduction prints don't seem to hold a candle to the new fabric lines - they blow my socks off. (Oh, and I'm suppose to be using up the old stash before I buy new.......well, I did cheat and get some of the new prints just because they make my heart sing - Windham textile line for Margo Kruger and Rothermel's Rocky Mountain 1880's prints.)

This is all more than you ever wanted to know, but if anyone likes quilts with humor I'll get a picture of Equitable Distribution - where Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam are ripping apart a double wedding ring quilt on the Courthouse Steps. Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha.

ps. You can advance to the next picture to see a detail of the quilt.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: esrun3
Date: 08-22-2006, 01:03 PM (2 of 8)
Great quilt Patty! Love the elephants!!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: HeyJudee
Date: 08-22-2006, 03:52 PM (3 of 8)
Really neat scrappy quilt! Love the idea of using different block designs to make it. Maybe I'll steal that idea whenever I am ready to use up some of mine.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: pjbobbins
Date: 08-23-2006, 01:49 AM (4 of 8)
I want to see the one of Sunbonnet Sue and Sam ripping up the wedding ring quilt on the courthouse steps! My 3rd grade teacher's idea of an "art project" was having us copy a picture she drew on grid on the black board on one inch square graph paper on our desks. She wanted every picture to look the same--and the first one we did was "Sunbonnet Sue" I haven't liked that girl since! :mad:
I know now she was teaching us how to follow directions-but I had an artist auntie who I adored-she had started giving me painting lessons, and had been praising me when I did a picture that wasnt like anyone elses.
User: pjbobbins
Member since: 08-15-2006
Total posts: 12
From: Patty22
Date: 08-23-2006, 06:54 AM (5 of 8)
I'll get a picture of the quilt when I go into work PJ.

Judy, scrappy quilts are my favorites as anything goes. I don't think you could be stealing any ideas from me as our quilting ancestors threw all kinds of blocks together for their utility quilts. Oh wait......I guess that is what I like to make :shock:
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: Netta
Date: 09-16-2006, 09:23 AM (6 of 8)
loved it ...looks like the quilts women made in the 1930's...Netta
User: Netta
Member since: 09-12-2006
Total posts: 2
From: ninifav
Date: 09-16-2006, 10:38 PM (7 of 8)
wow, patty22, wish you were my neighbor to mentor me...I'm just getting bitten by the quilting bug...I find that so many quilts don't "talk" to me...Yours is so much fun!!! Paula
User: ninifav
Member since: 09-06-2004
Total posts: 204
From: Patty22
Date: 09-17-2006, 08:57 AM (8 of 8)
Paula....cut free from the patterns and rules and just do what makes you happy.

There are never any mistakes because when you end up doing something you didn't intend, the solution to the "mistake" becomes a new technique/trend.

I will get the sunbonnet sue quilt picture up.....keep forgetting the camera at work.

Ohhhhhh quilting neighbors.......but when you think about it.... we are virtual quilting neighbors.

I've been a mad woman trying to finish hand quilting one of my quilts and I have given myself 12 days to finish the borders :nervous: I should be painting the house and making some clothes with my new patterns, but I just want to get this quilt finished.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
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