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Inherited quilt blocks

Jean_'s picture

I found some appliqued quilt blocks while going through my MIL things with my DH. They're of a little boy who is engaged in various activities,eg. flying a kite, fishing, etc. These activities are highlighted with embroidery. They really are quite cute. I am not a quilter, but I would like to make a quilt using these blocks. There are enough to make a crib quilt. Can anyone tell me what would be a perfect book to teach me the techniques I need to know to finish this into a baby quilt?
I am entirely clueless.!!

Susan_in_CA's picture

Jean, my grandmother and my mother made similar quilts using little girls. The blocks were set together with strips of fabric between each block and a square at each corner. There are many good books out, go to a bookstore or quilt shop and look through the books until you see somthing like your pattern. The sun bonnet girl is very similar. Maybe someone else knows the name of a particular book, but remember the librairy is a great source if you don't want to buy.
Susan in CA

Terri_'s picture

Jean, one of the best all around "how to" quilting books IMHO is Quilts, Quilts, Quilts by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. It may not have your specific pattern in it, but it covers all the basics from sashing, borders, backing, batting, color selection, needed supplies etc. (You get the idea) I know you can get it from I have used mine so much over the years as a quick reference that the poor thing is dog-eared. Good luck, your blocks sound really cute.

Brenda_Harkness's picture

Hi, Jean!

Quilting is not rocket science. I always say, "If I can do it, ANYONE can!" I'm sure that you'll be able to complete this quilt with the help of a good book. But if you plan to get into quilting beyond this quilt, I would recommend taking a class. Here's why: At first, I balked at taking a class when my friend suggested that we do it together. I figured I could learn it all from books. And, being the pinch-penny that I am, I only wanted to use library books. My resources were somewhat outdated. The teacher of my class offered a wealth of up-to-the-minute tips and techniques. Plus, I enjoyed eight weeks of worth-every-penny class time and at-home quilting. So, there's my two cents on classes.

Back to your quilt: If you'd like to make it larger, you might consider setting plain, unpieced
blocks in between the embroidered ones. This instantly doubles the size of your quilt. BUT,
do consider whether you'll be hand quilting or machine quilting. The plain blocks will cry out for a stitching pattern which could add months of hand work to your project if that's the way you want to go. There's also the possibility of tying
the quilt. Some folks use a loftier batting for this and simply tack through the layers every six inches or so, giving more of a comforter effect.

Easy and quick or a long and loving relationship with the quilt work in your hands? Let us know what you decide! Happy quilting!

polly_clark's picture

Hankie Butterfly Quilt
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