Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Life for Old Blocks

These blocks shown on the right were bought on eBay. Yes, I went down that slippery slope a few times. But what to do with wonky dresden plates that have been sewn onto a poly cotton background with the tiniest, tightest stitches?
Cut them up and move forward, that's what you do.
This is the pile of trimmings and since this quilt is from back in the 30's and 40's, I think the trimmings might have some value to someone who restores quilts.
Is someone needed a print, they could get about  a 2 x 2 piece from many of the fabrics.
How cute is this monkey print???  I'm going to call the museum in La Conner and see if they have someone who does quilt restoration and see if they want them.  I will never use them, but don't want to just throw them away.
I'm going to do some colorful perl cotton stitching on this repurposed quilt top.  Once it's quilted and bound, it will get a good bath and be gifted out to someone with a new baby.
And I now have one less bag of parts and pieces in my sewing room, what a good feeling.  Some good things going on here, life is good!

Sharon

12 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

That was a great new life for those blocks. I'm sure someone can use those trimmings too.

paulette said...

You are BRILLIANT!! LOVE this new quilt!!! You saved the day...and some lucky baby will love it!
P)

julieQ said...

Smartie!! That is a perfect use of the blocks...they somehow look modern to me know...love them!! The trimmings would make a fun border?

Louise said...

Great job, Sharon. What's old is new again! What a fun project.

Janet O. said...

You are a smart woman! What a fun creation you have made and your idea for the trimmings is brilliant. I never would have thought of that!
BTW, I had an ebay quilt purchase I had to cut into submission, too! : )

jackie said...

Brilliant idea! Great reuse.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I love what you did with the blocks! So cool!Are you sure you can't use those trimmings? I love those kinds of quirky pieces.

roccagal said...

brilliant and beautiful!

Mimi said...

What a good feeling. I don't think I would ever have thought of cutting them into squares, but it works!. It always feels good to make a little more room in the quilting room for something else.

Nifty Quilts said...

Brilliant rescue! I hope you'll show it again with the perle cotton stitching.

Barb said...

great idea! what a super way to use these old blocks. Looks modern and fresh! the pearl cotton will be a nice added touch!

Lori said...

Fantastic! That is so creative and the end result is so cool!