4/1/10

Vintage Thingies Thursday

Happy Vintage Thingies Thursday, y'all. VTT is sponsored by my friend Suzanne. Today, Suzanne is featuring a beautiful stack of plates. I also noticed that my friend Viridian posted a quilt for VTT.

This quilt is one my Mom made and gave me. I can remember watching her work on it and trying to get straight lines, without puckers, and without a walking foot. She must have made it in the early 70's, based on my memories of her sewing space. The stars were pieced and then appliqued onto a muslin background using a zig-zag stitch. Then, the blocks were sashed with muslin. The batting is lightweight and must be a polyester. This would be a great summer quilt to pull up when the air conditioning comes on in the night because it is so light, but it is very fragile. A couple of the stars have pulled away from the zig zag. But, I get to enjoy it twice a year on "refolding day".



Of course, this is my favorite block with the green and orange fruits and vegetables. Very kitschy kitchen fabric. This may have been my Mom's kitchen curtains in the first house I can remember.



And, this one is so bright and cheerful.


And, a bold and masculine one.
So, Thanks, Mom! for giving me my first quilt and starting this whole process. And, thanks for sending fabric money once in a while.
One of the reasons I wanted to feature this quilt is because I talk about it in an article ABOUT ME! Yes, I'm the featured quilter today at the Stitchin Heaven blog. The pics are bad. She and I had trouble exchanging pics and ran out of time before we got it right, but nonetheless, there I am.
I also gave the expectant Mom the baby quilt. She loved it and decided to hang it on her desk. I grabbed a corner and said "April Fools" and before she realized I was joking, she got the saddest look in her eyes. Okay, so that joke backfired. I think I'll stop there.
Everybody take care and have a great Thursday. I'm riding the day high and need to settle down and do some work. Lane


17 comments:

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Love this post! Those humble quilts are the best ones, aren't they? They remind me of the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, and I believe a quilt isn't truly REAL until it's been loved and used to shreds and embedded in the memory of those who did the using. Who wants a quilt that is too "good" to use? Not me!

Love your blog, Lane...keep up the great work!

Becky said...

This is such a special quilt, Lane. I think I have seen it before and it always makes me smile. I'm sure you treasure it. Rick "April Fooled" me at 7:30 this morning so I totally bit. I wasn't awake yet!! Have a great day!

Elizabeth said...

What a special treasure! Thanks for sharing. Word to the wise, never mess with pregnant ladies (wink).

Postcardy said...

Too bad the stars are pulling away. I wonder whether you could fix them by hand stitching around them.

P. said...

Lane, my mom made one for my brother in a very similar pattern, doing the zigzag applique thing around it too. I think it was done about the same time, early '70s. Yours is in really good shape yet and the colors are still beautiful. I think my brother's was done for a long time ago. Now I'm off to read your feature on the other site. Cheers!

CC said...

I loved your quilt..it's just beautiful and I know it's so special to you. I love that blue block..it reminds me of the softness of spring.
Happy VTT, have a lovely weekend.

Coloradolady said...

Lovely quilt, I love the pattern, how wonderful it is you have this! Now, I am off to read the next post about you!! Have a great VTT and a wonderful Easter weekend.

LV said...

I am one of the biggest quilt lovers around. This is truly a beauty. I wish I had one in that pattern. Never saw it. You have a real treasure there.

Shirleymac said...

Love that quilt Lane. I also went and read about you on the Stitchin Heaven Blog. Great article.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

The quilt your Mum made is really lovely. It must be wonderful to have something that has so much history and what beautiful memories!

I had been popping back to Stitchin Heaven every few days to see if you were featured. What a great story!

viridian said...

I am so happy to be your friend. :-)
Seeing the first pic - I focussed on the blue gingham block. And then you had a close-up! This is a wonderful treasure from your mom.
And so the quilting journey begins.

Michelle said...

That is a spectacular quilt! A real beauty.

Tammy said...

Hi Lane,
Great quilt your mom made you. An oldie but goodie.

Quiltluver said...

Beautiful quilt and a great story.

Cynthia L. said...

What a lucky man you are to have a quilt like this. I am making a quilt that has material from different projects and pieces of clothing from my dad and daughter. It is so wonderful that you can look at the quilt and remember your mom putting it together and where the material came form.

Congrats on being a featured quilter. I am on my way to read it right now.

lw said...

I love your mother's quilt! I wish they were still making the fruit fabric.

I really enjoyed your feature on Stitchin Heaven and the video of the truckin' quilter. What a cool thing to do in his down time-- and like me, he dreams of colorful fabrics! Very cool!

Cherie said...

Gorgeous! Happy Easter - I'll be playing along at VTT starting next week ... see you then ;)