Years ago I used to participate in a Happy Block swap every month. Each participant would send out 6 Happy Block centers (either 4.5 or 6.5) to each participant who would border 5 of them with 2.5 inch strips and keep one center. Then the bordered blocks were all sent back to the originator. It was a great use of scraps and you would then get a variety of bordered blocks back to put into a quilt. I quit signing up for the swap when some people failed to meet their commitments to return blocks to the owner.
At any rate...I have a huge box of Happy Blocks (my Happy Place) waiting to be made into donation quilts.
I found almost enough heart themed blocks for this one, made a few more and before you know it a quilt was born.
I quilted it simply with five petaled flowers and loops and swirls.
I'm not used to making machine binding but it is suggested by several places I donate quilts that the binding be machine stitched. I have found my machine's buttonhole stitch does about the best job.
I'm stitching on 10 inch pieces of muslin like the original. As a side note...these were originally meant to be stitched by children as part of a contest.
I've been thinking of making some hope chest quilts for descendants I may never even know - baby quilts paired with some of the old books I have around here.
That got me to wondering if parents still read Mother Goose rhymes to their children.
This Mother Goose book was a baby shower gift. That "baby" of mine is now 41 years old. If I remember correctly the person who gave me this book said she "purchased" it with several books of S&H Green Stamps. Remember those?
When I used to read nursery rhymes to the kids I would ask questions like: "Would you like to live in a shoe?" , "How many children do you think lived in there?", "What do you think she will live in when the shoe wears out?", "Have you ever seen a shoe as big as a house?"
"What were they going to do with the pail of water?", "What's a crown?", "Next time you fall down should I put some vinegar and brown paper on you?"
"What song do you think those fiddlers were fiddling?"
"What would you do if you were king for a day?"
What I didn't ask...
"What was he smoking in that pipe that made him such a merry old soul?"
I finished my Sister's Choice in Civil War reproductions top...or have I ?????
The blocks are 10 inches so as you can see..my top is now 60 x 80.
But the more I looked at it the more I heard little voices calling...border, border, border. I'm not a border person so either those little voices in my head are turning against me or trying to teach me new tricks. BUT, I thought I read somewhere that civil war quilts were rarely bordered. Or did I just imagine I read that?
Anyway...should I add a border? If so what should it look like? I have an idea but not sure I actually like it enough (or am ambitious enough) to make it.
Obviously I don't have a design wall. I just randomly sewed blocks together. I don't think design walls were a thing back in the civil war days so I guess I'm really reproducing with my reproductions.