Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Where did the month go? NewFO for July

Indeed, where has this month gone?!  It's prime garden season here in western Oregon and that also means a lot of time spent watering if one doesn't have everything automated.  We drag hoses around and connect sprinklers and soaker hoses, plus do a lot of hand watering.  All this to say, not much time for quilt-making.  I did manage to do some antique quilt shopping by way of a few small local estate sales.  Major fun, estate sale browsing!  My most recent find is shown here, and I'll be posting about the others as time permits. 

July's one and only NewFO is this grandbaby quilt started for a little one expected in mid-September.  I'd been admiring this little antique quilt for some time now, and it seemed perfect to draw inspiration from to create an updated version for the new addition to our family. 
The pictured quilt is found in this book by Eleanor Levie, published in 1990.
I've upsized the blocks somewhat to create a larger crib quilt, as the original, which was created ca. 1930, measured only 27x35 inches.  Here is my version, with 6 of the 12 blocks completed and stitched together.  At this writing I've finished four additional blocks.
And a close-up of one block:
The pattern is called Single Wedding Ring.  At the moment, the plan is to float these blocks on a border of the white tiny print fabric, then surround that with a narrow border of the green and another wider white print border.   The back will be a bit more modern looking with large blocks of the brighter green large print alternating with the white.  Binding will probably be the striped fabric. 
I'm planning to hand quilt this one, and quilt in the baby's name and birth date when I have that.  Mom and Dad decided not to find out baby's gender until the birth, nor are they announcing any possible names, so this one will be a great surprise.  The nursery is a nice apple green, so this quilt should harmonize well, I hope!

Slow progress is being made with the hand quilting of checkered past, though I don't have any updated photos today. 

So, that's my July.  I hope you're all enjoying these warm summer days and all the lovely garden produce that comes our way this season.  Linking up with the July NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches, where you can see the projects that everyone else has begun this month. 



13 comments:

  1. What sweet fabrics you've chosen. Can't wait to see the whole thing finished. And I'm terribly envious of your new arrivals on the way.

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  2. I enjoyed your July update very much!! The baby quilts - the original and your version - are just lovely - such soothing colors!! I love your choice!!

    Oops forgot to go look at your link! I'm on my way there now!!

    Blessings

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  3. Oh, this is a great heritage block to use in a baby quilt and love your colors/fabrics.

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  4. Love the colors. This is going to make a wonderful quilt.

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  5. That is going to be the sweetest little baby quilt!!! I've got one in process too. Baby quilts have to be the most rewarding projects of all I think :*) My July flew past too quickly too with very little sewing. I'm hoping August is a better month for both of us!

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  6. I love you baby quilt--and have loved "Single Wedding Ring" since I made my first one back in the 70s. Your quilt is so sweet, gentle, and soothing. Lucky baby.

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  7. Your quilt is going to be adorable! It is the perfect color when you don't know the sex of the baby. Good luck with your hand quilting. ~JEanne

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  8. What a beautiful quilt! I'm sure it will become an heirloom!

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  9. I love this block and the way it blossoms in the quilt -- great job!! :)

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  10. I love the fabrics you selected and it's surely going to be a beautiful quilt. I really like that you are hand quilting it and adding the name & date. It's sure to be an heirloom!

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  11. Yeah, that's going to make a sweet baby quilt :D

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  12. It's going to be a lovely baby quilt. The greens are so soft.

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  13. Very cute quilt, love the fabrics you've chosen. And I agree with Doniene, very soothing!!!

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