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 Today under the quilt top cupboard list I’m posting a quilt in progress and a top in progress.  They haven’t made it to the cupboard yet, because they are a fairly new purchase and were waiting to be photographed.
I got the two along with 2 Amish style large wall ‘quilts in progress” at a neighborhood sale in August of this year..

It was very hot out. We had been walking for blocks and visiting the sales.
 I got a little more pep in my step as we approached a house that had a sale last year. A quilter lived there. I got some goodies from her last year.
I didn’t see any quilt related items out, but she had LOTS of yarn.
My DIL knits quite a bit, and I’m always on the look out for nice yarns.  Mainly she likes wool. I was looking through what was there and not finding anything I thought she’d like, when the lady having...

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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...

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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...

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My little Cheddar and Crackers quilt is finished!
I wasn’t crazy about the shirting I chose. It was too blue/cold looking. I decided to give my blocks a dip in a tea bath. I like the way the tea toned down the shirting, but it muddied the cheddar. It does look like an antique quilt that has been played with though, and I’m happy with it.
For the batting I used two pieces of cotton batting I had trimmed away from a larger project. I just butted them up against each other side by side. Thrifty right? I knew I would be machine quilting this and I wanted the shrinkage I’d get with cotton to hide the stitches a bit.

I cheated and pieced my top before the third installment of instructions was posted on Lori’s blog. I couldn’t wait..I got too anxious to see how the 16 patch blocks would look once in place.
I really liked the...

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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...

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Today’s quilt top from the cupboard is a String Star. It’s a fairly recent quilt top, dating to the last 10 years or so. It’s construction is not the norm for a string quilt.
Usually a string quilt is made by sewing strips to a foundation, either paper or fabric. This quilt top was made by sewing long strips of fabrics together, pressing, then the pieced star units were cut from this newly made strippy fabric. The stars are set together with an aqua solid.

It’s machine sewn.
I’m not sure why the maker did her String Star this way, but it looks like it would go together real fast?
The construction of the string star units surprised me, but there’s no question about how the blocks were made because there is a 7-8 foot panel of the pieced strips that came with the top.
If I decide I want to..I can make more blocks from...