Thursday, January 2, 2014

IF BLOCKS COULD TALK

Recently I purchased a zip lock bag of quilt blocks for $15 at a flea market in Arma, Kansas where my sister lives.  It wasn't until I got home and was inspecting them more closely and it occurred to me; if blocks could talk!  Or maybe if the piecer could talk.  Actually it would have been nice to know who the piecer was.

There were only 2 of the Dresden plates that were actually appliqued onto a block background.  


There were 18 of these Dresden plates.  Notice that the Dresden was appliqued to the center circle.

And there were 8 of these Dresden plates.  Notice that the circle was appliqued onto the Dresden blades this time.  Now is when the blocks should talk.  I wonder why the piecer switched methods.  If I were guessing, I would say she decided that the second method was easier.  Or maybe she was new at this and didn't know that the second method was easier (in my opinion) until a fellow quilter told her.  Or maybe they weren't made by the same person.   


And then there were 21 of these that didn't have a center in them at all.  However there were only 13 yellow circles to finish up with.  I'll have to find more yellow if I'm going to finish them up alike.  

And then there was this larger dresden blade circle and another partical larger one.

And these 5 small grandmother's flower garden blocks.  I don't know what I'm going to do with these 5 small blocks; maybe a wall hanging.  Who knows!??

Look at how tiny the stitches are and how narrow the seams are.  I don't even think they are 1/8".  That is really small.  And the stitches were extremely secure.  I attempted to unsew one of the hexagons from one of the blocks and it was very difficult.  You would have thought she used a sewing machine.  
And last, but not least, here are 5 more grandmother's flower garden blocks, some only half finished.  I wonder why she only put a few hexagons around the green one and then moved on to the blocks one but didn't finish the black one.  Oh if blocks could talk!

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3 comments

  1. What a find!!! One of my favorite finds, are vintage quilt blocks!!! I LOVE to finish the story!!

    Blessings

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  2. i have some that are hand sewed buy Hubby's mother long ago and i have made pillows for her grand daughters with them. Her stitches are very small. Hubby says that was before t v

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  3. Ditto ! What a fabulous find ! I can't wait to see them in a quilt...I love dresdens,....the hexies would sit forever unless I appliqued them on something. I'm not a hexie girl, are you ?

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