Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Pretty in Purple for Throwback Thursday

Welcome to Throwback Thursday (TBT) link-up for June. I'm co-hosting for Sandra of mmm! quilts this month. If you're looking for Free Motion Mavericks, click here!

Pretty in Purple Lap Quilt

This was one of my first quilts, made when I was still quilting by hand. Those half-square triangles (HST) were all individually cut and sewn!

It's really incredible how the quilting world has changed 😊

Pretty in Purple
This is a very scrappy quilt, made of fabrics from dresses, my favourite purple curtains, and even my mother's pillow cases since they had the perfect teal for the flower leaves and stems.

The quilt pattern came from an insert in a Fons & Porter magazine. I couldn't find it, but I'm sure that I've kept it....somewhere. I followed the pattern except for the appliqué. I'm not sure what was in there but I substituted the flowers from another pattern.
Pretty in Purple lap quilt
That's a lot of HST!













Quilt Show at the Navan Chursch











All hand quilted
What I learned

  • I know that I didn't make anything else with HST until I found out that there were easier ways to make them!
  • I haven't used this quilt much because it's only 42" square. It's also rather fragile - my seams were not always great and some of them have pulled apart.
  • This quilt was shown at a quilt show in the Navan Church.
  • I did buy a wooden quilt rack so once I sand it, Pretty in Purple will at least be on display.

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15 comments:

  1. What a pretty quilt! My first quilts were smaller, too.

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    1. Thanks Pat. It seems that I've gone from small lap quilts to large bed size and now back to lap quilts and minis. I used to start a pattern not realizing how big the quilts would be :-)

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  2. I love the source of your scraps for this cute little quilt! I do hope you will be able to display it soon. It sounds like a good table topper sized quilt--even though maybe too fragile to use when eating. The quilts on the church benches look wonderful, too.

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    1. Thanks Janine Marie. I'm making the display unit a priority after I finish my last project. It should be out but there's not way it's going anywhere near a potentially dirty table :-)

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  3. What a beauty Andrée! And all hand-quilted, just wow. I love that you were modifying patterns way back then! Thanks for hosting; gosh I totally forgot TBT...I will try to write up a post and link up by tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, seeing this one almost makes me want to hand quilt again...almost!

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  4. What a lovely first quilt. The quilting world has indeed changed, though hand quilting will always be extra special.

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    1. Thanks Jane, I agree. There will always be a special place for hand quilting. I am, however, very happy to not make HST one at a time!

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  5. It's a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing it and your reflections on how much quilting has changed.

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I'm just really happy that HST are now made two at a time! They can sure be a lot of work!

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  6. A beautiful quilt! It's sad how we don't use/recycle fabrics like we used to... so many memories are in the fabrics.

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I'm actually keeping and using all kinds of cools fabrics for my art quilts - I think I may have bought a top just because I liked the fabric and knew that I could use it in my quilt!

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  7. What a pretty quilt, Andree! I can't believe that you cut out all of those triangles individually!! This must have been before rotary cutting, then? Do you have any idea of what year you made this?

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  8. A really beautiful treasure. I am not surprised that your next set of HSTs waited for technology to catch up and relieve the chore of making them! But there is something very special about quilts that have so much work in them too.

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  9. Love,love, love your Pretty in Purple quilt, Andree. The pattern and colours are so very pretty.

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