Tuesday, November 28, 2006

More Antique Quilt Tops

As promised, here are some more of my eBay purchases from a few years ago. This Improved Nine Patch is in lovely soft colors. I think it will look lovely hand-quilted, don't you? Here's the entire top. It's double-bed sized now. I'm thinking I might add a couple of borders to bring it up to at least queen-size, but I'm worried about finding something that will have the right look. Not to worry, by the time I've actually learned to hand-quilt who knows WHAT wonderful fabrics will be available!
This old top looks nicer in person than in the photo. I like the simple geometric shapes and the old fabrics are lovely and crisp.
And I've always been a sucker for Shoo-Fly, so how could I resist this old one? Again, it's wrinkled because I'm afraid to iron it until I'm ready to work on it. The fabric is in good shape but it is very old.
So, do you think I have enough old quilt tops to keep me busy learning to hand-quilt...hah! Wretched Excess is my middle name...

Only four days left till I go up to Sydney to get my new sewing machine...can't wait! Hope I can still remember how to piece quilt blocks...

Yesterday's visit to the cats at the quarantine place was really disgusting...41 degrees C. on the drive home. That's 105.8 F., for those in the U.S. Really horrible, but fortunately we'd left the little room air conditioner going in the living room, so the house was pleasant when we got home. Felt SO sorry for the furry felines, though...they just lay around looking long-suffering in this kind of heat. Two weeks from today we can go collect them and bring them home, at long last. REALLY looking forward to that!

15 comments:

Patti said...

What wonderful tops! I envy you - having those to hand quilt!

kirsty said...

Wow! What an amazing collection you have! Old tops like these are so rare in Australia/New Zealand - I think we are all in awe of them.2

Libby said...

Wonderful! I especially like the 4-patch with red sashing - delish *s*

Mary said...

I have some old tops I bought on ebay too that I've thought about hand quilting - it just takes so long and there are so many other things that compete for my time right now - esp. my knitting.

May Britt said...

Those quilts are treasures. And they will look very good with handquilting. Agree that the shoofly is beautiful.
I feel so sorry for your cats, but soon they are home with you. A sort of christmasgift to get them home.

The Calico Cat said...

Ditto the shoo-flys. Re: the improved 9-patch - I love the controlled pallette!

YAY on getting so close to getting the kitties!

Clare said...

They are beautiful! I bet you can't wait to get your hands on your new sewing machine, and once the cats are back with you you will definitely be home!

Dawn said...

Oh I LOVE that middle one! Well I love them all but the middle one is my favorite! Those are wonderful!

Hedgehog said...

What incredible ebay finds!

Marcie said...

You really have some wonderful antique tops! Good luck getting them quilted! You have your work cut out AND sewn together for you at least!

Lily said...

Wow Diane that will keep you very busy!

Are you SURE you want to learn hand quilting on big quilts? LOL

I found wrangling a large cot quilt challenging enough. When you've got it all worked out do let me know!

Sorry to hear your cats are having a bit of a hard time adjusting. They'll be a lot happier in two weeks time and so will you. What a great Christmas present for all of you!

Tonya R said...

Sorry the babies are suffering in the heat, but I'm glad to hear they'll be coming home soon. Love the quilt tops esp that 4-Patch with what looks like bright pink sashing. Beatiful. Congrats on the new sewing machine.

Tazzie said...

What lovely treasures you have there. I especially love the improved nine patch. It's one I'd love to make sometime. I'll just gaze on yours for now!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Lucy said...

I love the four Patch so much !! What a inspiration,

merry Christmas today !

julieQ said...

I think I may have bid on that improved nine-patch! I am so glad you have it and can get-er-dun!!