Happy Monday everyone! First let me say, THANK YOU for all your sweet and supportive comments about Anthony and his diploma. You guys are the best!

We had a fantastic linky party last week. I hope you were able to visit a lot of the link-ups. There is so much inspiration to read about and a ton of eye candy. It seems that September is when everyone really kicks it in gear. School starts again, the holidays are right around the corner, new fabric is released, and our creative juices start to work overtime.

I made it back from my trip to Cleveland. I had a nice visit with my mother-in-law, and my brother/sister-in-law got to take a much needed vacation.   🙂

My crush this week centers around this great vintage quilt top my m-i-l gave me during my visit:

Vintage QuiltIsn’t it fantastic?? This top was pieced by my husband’s grandmother. I love that it is a scrap quilt, yet still has a distinct design. My husband thinks this piece is at least 60 years old. It has held up well and I’m so honored  this was passed on to us.

Vintage Quilt close-upI love so many of the fabrics used, and the way she alternated prints with solids. Many of the seams are hand stitched and others are done using a treadle machine.

Hand Stitched Vintage QuiltThere are a few stains….

Stained Vintage Quilt

…..and a seam that has come apart….

Seam rippedI’m sure I can fix the seam, but I’m not so sure about the stains. We’ll see….

My job is to finish this beauty and turn it into a usable quilt. I hope I can do it justice.

My plan for now is to not add any more piecing; I want to keep the top as Grandma Sellers left it. However, I’m not sure how to treat the edges. I can either trim the sides to be even, which makes my heart hurt just thinking about, or add in half triangles to save the outer row she sewed. Or I could just do a bunch of bias binding around all those points. That makes my head hurt! 🙂

Do you have any suggestions? Also, for all you quilters out there that have worked with older quilts, is there anything I should be aware of or watch for? I definitely don’t want to ruin any of the fabrics, so if you have any tips I would appreciate hearing them.

While taking pictures of the top it hit me that this should really be hand quilted and not just zipped through my machine. Uh-oh. You all know me and hand quilting. Tried it once and couldn’t do it.

With this piece though, I might be willing to try again….but first I just need to give it a good pressing and see where I need to start.

So that’s my crush for this week. Another project added to my ever growing list! I managed to get more hexies made while away; I’ll share them with you in another post as this one is so long already.

Now it’s time to see your crushes for this week. But first, a recap of some of last week’s posts:

Did you see Dave The Quilt Engineer’s version of the Snowflake Shimmer quilt? I love that he chose strong primary colors and I’ll be watching to see how he decides to quilt it.

Photo by Dave of The Quilt Engineer

Photo by Dave of The Quilt Engineer

 

I really like Sandra’s rounded edge bag she made using laminated Kona. Mind blown! I didn’t even know there was Kona laminated fabric. (I found it online at Fabric.com – you know, just in case you have to have some. 🙂 Yes, I’m an enabler…) Read more about her bag on her blog Musings of a Menopausal Melon.

Photo by Sandra of MMM Quilts

Photo by Sandra of MMM Quilts

 

Did you see the borders Karen made for her postage stamp quilt? They are so different and I really enjoyed seeing these. Check them out on her blog Quilts…..Etc.

Photo by Karen of Quilts...Etc.

Photo by Karen of Quilts…Etc.

 

Now it’s your turn to share your quilty goodness! Show off your projects, new fabric, new tools, or anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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