Category: Quilting

Ann Champion’s Blog

Today the quilt top I’m pulling from the quilt top cupboard is a Wheel of Chance. It’s also known as True Lovers’ Buggy Wheel. The design is made from 4 Grandmother’s fan blocks set in a circle arrangement, so it would also be correct to call this a Grandmother’s Fan Variation as well.

This top is machine sewn and dates to the 1930’s-40’s. The fabrics are a nice quality, almost a percale?
The blocks are around 10″ and four blocks are used to create the circle.

A Grandmother’s Fan block is often times made up of a variety of fabrics, each different in the fan. These blocks are unusual in that they have one solid and one print fabric used to create the fan shape.

This is another old top that looks to me like it could be modern?
This top looks to me like it needs something? A border, or sashing..something? What do you...

Ann Champion’s Blog

Today the quilt top I’m pulling from the quilt top cupboard is a nine patch.  It’s a  very simple design, which has been popular throughout time.
This example is not the sort of quilt that would be considered an heirloom quilt because of it’s simplicity and the common fabrics that have been used, but it’s one of my favorites.

This is the sort of quilt that was common in many homes and has a simple relaxed look that I really enjoy.

There are three blocks in this top that have the double pink as the dark squares at the corners.  This gives a very different look to the block which is one of the quirky things that draws your eye in.
This top has 6″ finished blocks. It was hand pieced and dates to 1880-1910.  The fabrics are double pinks, indigo prints, shirtings, homespun plaid, turkey red and cardinal red prints.

This...

Ann Champion’s Blog

Today the quilt top I’m pulling from the quilt top cupboard is an applique design.
I’ve seen a very similar design that dates to the 1880’s, but I don’t think this one is that old.  It’s always hard to date fabrics that are solids.  My best guess is that this dates to the 1930’s-1940’s.  I’m guessing that date because the tulip fabrics are a polished cotton..and that green was so popular then.

The green appears faded, even though the rest of the fabrics aren’t.  The answer could be that this top is much older than I think?  Older green dyes were unstable and often fugitive..meaning they fade away.
This design has a folk art look to me.  The stem of the flower lays on top of the flower rather being tucked under as I would do if I were stitching this pattern.
The applique was also done with black thread.  It barely shows...

Ann Champion’s Blog

Once I had the top put together it looked like a pond with lily pads to me? I quilted it by machine using a large stipple…and I decided to applique a few leaping frogs on the quilt. Well now..half hex quilt isn’t a very fancy name..so I named it “Leap Frog”.

I had problems with the quilting..the thread kept breaking, my machine overheated and went berserk, and I used fusible batting..which gummed up the needle pretty good, but I was determined to finish this one! Changing to a larger eyed needle, and swabbing Pam onto it helped a lot. I ended up with a couple of puckers on the back..but I can live with it. It IS the back after all.

I love my Leap Frog quilt…warts and all!

Ann Champion’s Blog

Once I had the top put together it looked like a pond with lily pads to me? I quilted it by machine using a large stipple…and I decided to applique a few leaping frogs on the quilt. Well now..half hex quilt isn’t a very fancy name..so I named it “Leap Frog”.

I had problems with the quilting..the thread kept breaking, my machine overheated and went berserk, and I used fusible batting..which gummed up the needle pretty good, but I was determined to finish this one! Changing to a larger eyed needle, and swabbing Pam onto it helped a lot. I ended up with a couple of puckers on the back..but I can live with it. It IS the back after all.

I love my Leap Frog quilt…warts and all!

Ann Champion’s Blog

Once I had the top put together it looked like a pond with lily pads to me? I quilted it by machine using a large stipple…and I decided to applique a few leaping frogs on the quilt. Well now..half hex quilt isn’t a very fancy name..so I named it “Leap Frog”.

I had problems with the quilting..the thread kept breaking, my machine overheated and went berserk, and I used fusible batting..which gummed up the needle pretty good, but I was determined to finish this one! Changing to a larger eyed needle, and swabbing Pam onto it helped a lot. I ended up with a couple of puckers on the back..but I can live with it. It IS the back after all.

I love my Leap Frog quilt…warts and all!

Ann Champion’s Blog

Once I had the top put together it looked like a pond with lily pads to me? I quilted it by machine using a large stipple…and I decided to applique a few leaping frogs on the quilt. Well now..half hex quilt isn’t a very fancy name..so I named it “Leap Frog”.

I had problems with the quilting..the thread kept breaking, my machine overheated and went berserk, and I used fusible batting..which gummed up the needle pretty good, but I was determined to finish this one! Changing to a larger eyed needle, and swabbing Pam onto it helped a lot. I ended up with a couple of puckers on the back..but I can live with it. It IS the back after all.

I love my Leap Frog quilt…warts and all!