I often feel like I'm a little odd, like maybe I was born in the wrong century. Mom and I were fortunate to attend two American Quilt Study Group Seminars over the last three years and we felt like kids in a candy store when we encountered the silent auction. All around us were abandoned and unwanted old quilts and sets of unfinished blocks (along with many other things). As a fund raiser at the seminar, members of AQSG donated items to be sold that they no longer want. I was fortunate to win an 1880 crazy quilt for $21. I did not care that it had some rips or fabric breakdown, it was perfect to show the public many things, including beautiful embroidery and why they should preserve their heirlooms, and they could touch it! As often happens we were drawn to quilts that need repair or finishing. I'm not sure why, but we seem to think that they should be finished to honor those who cam before us and maybe preserve a little history along the way.
Since I am home staying safe from the virus I have been digging through my sewing (storage) room, looking for happy things to work on and stumbled across the box of old quilt blocks where I put some of my won auction winnings. I like to sew with a machine and love to do machine applique, but at night I like to relax by doing hand embroidery or applique. Recently I rediscovered hand piecing as well while recreating some sunflower blocks (mentioned int eh Sunflower blog on this site). I'm always looking for something to prepare to be worked on at night and decided these blocks needed to become quilts this year.
The Ohio star blocks were poorly done and all different sizes, but with some trimming and black sashing they look like art.
The dresden plate sunflowers were on a muslin that was very thread-bare so I removed them from the backing, replaced the thin center yellow circles and am re-appliqueing them to a finer quality muslin for a quilt, leaving empty blocks for quilted medallions of some kind. I have to practice machine quilting on something after all!
Once they are quilted they will grace the walls of the gift shop at the museum just for some bright fun artwork to share with the public. They don't need to be perfect or accurate. They just need to be.