hibernating for a while (talk about slow quilting), but I've been really pushing to finish up old projects before they get labeled as "vintage".
The pattern is from Making History, Quilts and Fabric from 1890-1970 by Barbara Brackman, and is called Georgia Tulip. It's in the last chapter which covers the 1950's to 1970's. This is a time period I can relate to since this is when I grew up and now, apparently my age is heading into the vintage category. When I was shopping the other day a clerk asked me sheepishly if I was a senior. Ahem. The cut off was 60 years old. Since I'm 3 years away from said senior discount, and the girl was all of about 18, I forgave her. She was trying to give me a deal, but please, don't rush me. I will gladly give up the discount to retain every bit of those three years. Needless to say I went out and bought some new moisturizer and eye cream after that.
Anyway, the original was 35 x 31 inches. I added a half square triangle border, then a floral border, which brought mine up to 43.5 x 43.5. There is both hand and machine quilting, and the tulips were paper pieced then appliqued down onto the blue blocks. The backing is voile.
When I went to the fabric store to buy the floral border, I told the clerk (different one this time. older than me. not that it matters or anything) that I was also going to add a border of hst's that were leftover from a different quilt. The conversation went something like this:
Clerk: Well you can't just add those on. How do you know they will fit? You have to do the math!
Me: (Channeling my inner Gwen Marston) No I'm just going to sew them together and then trim them to fit.
Clerk (looking at me aghast. I don't usually use that word, but really. Her face) The border won't fit. The hst's will get cut unevenly. You have to do the MATH!
Me: Um, no really, it will be fine. I'm doing it on purpose. It's very liberating, blah, blah, blah.
I had lost her. It was unthinkable that I would purposefully NOT measure and just whack a row of blocks in mid block. Oh silly lady. Sometimes you gotta just bend a little bit. Besides, I've been sewing since I was eight (Here. I'll do the math. That's almost 50 years), this isn't my first rodeo, and if I want to chop up blocks, then it's all on me. I love my Tulip quilt as is.
No matter what your age, just go make something today. And whack the hell out of it.