Our remit for Scrappy Sunday was quite wide-ranging, but Barbara seems to have got stuck on scrappy vintage – possibly no surprise as The Cupboard at the Rural Office contains a lot of exactly that! So this Sunday we’re featuring one of the first vintage quilts Barbara ever acquired. No provenance, bought at a general antiques fair in 1984, fabrics are all furnishing weight wools and chenille, cotton wadding, pieced strippy back, linear scallop quilting across the whole piece. Enjoy!
How amazing that this beautifully stitched piece was stitched by an 11year old!
Next, a little scrappy piece Barbara unearthed while searching for some other long-lost project. It just needs a little quilting so it has been put on the growing “to be quilted” pile.
Over at the Rural Office Barbara’s store of vintage quilts continues to offer some scrappy inspiration – today we are showing details from an unfinished top that was offered to Barbara on her teaching travels. Yes, we are back with our old friend the hexagon but this top is a little different from many vintage hexagon pieces – the fabrics are not dress cottons but slub weave furnishing fabrics, some wools, some mixes. Dark colours predominate and Barbara was intrigued to find a wide range of green prints scattered throughout. Dating this piece is still at the “considering” and research stage but it may turn out to be somewhere around 1900. The hexagons are small – 1inch sides – and appear to have been folded over the papers from rough chunks and squares of fabric rather than cut hexagonal shapes. We thought you might enjoy a few close-ups of the various green prints –
Barbara is still stuck in the groove of looking at vintage quilts that link to our Scrappy theme and this is her latest offering. It’s an interesting US quilt dating from maybe 1890s with some earlier fabrics. The block is a C&B favourite and we refer to it as Sawtooth Star. There’s a real mix of scraps in this quilt and plenty of piecing of scraps together to make bigger scraps as you can see from some of the details below. The scrappy hand pieced blocks have been set with alternating squares of a classic “double pink” print which becomes dominant by repetition. A great example of pulling random scrappiness together into a coherent whole. Diagonal lines of machine stitching hold top and back together, edges are bound. If you feel inspired to try something similar with your own scraps you’ll find a pattern guide for this quilt over on our sister blog Meadowside Designs – look under the Heritage Quilts tab.
Another visit to The Cupboard at The Rural Office and another scrappy patchwork top to enjoy. This was a gift to Barbara many years ago, the background information being that it was begun but not finished by schoolgirls in the 1960s as part of their Domestic Science & Needlework curriculum. Scraps of all types and weights of fabrics have been used, several different colours of thread, some or most of the papers already removed – this is what some patchwork looked like in the very early days of the UK revival. We’re including it in our Scrappy Sunday posts because it most certainly is scrappy and also the single honeycomb shape used links back to an earlier Scrappy post about the honeycomb shape. Enjoy the pics!
don’t you just love that blue and white poodle?
many of the honeycomb “papers” were cut from embossed wallpaper –
Barbara was recently rummaging through The Cupboard which houses her vintage quilt collection and brought out a patchwork top which seems to fit our Scrappy theme very well. The patchwork has been made from a wide and charming variety of scrap fabrics and it looks as if the 60 degree diamonds might have first been made up into hexagon units and then put together.
Larger hexagons have been added in at the edges and the hexagon rosette at the centre is, in fact, composed of diamonds (see final pic below). All very eclectic!
First, a detail of the reverse side – you can see both diamonds and hexagons here.
Notice that the fabric has not always been cut to a hexagon shape before being tacked over the papers; in some instances there is almost as much fabric on the reverse as there is on the front. It is possible that the maker began with appropriately sized squares of fabric to make her hexagons which would have involved less initial cutting and preparation of the patches.
Here’s roughly half of the quilt top showing the scrappy random arrangement of pieces and the unexpected selection of fabrics for the centre rosette –
and some details of the many different prints –
You can see from the above detail that this is a truly scrappy piece with very little organisation – lower right corner is one of the larger hexagons.
More vintage scrappiness at a later date …
We have to admit that we do love Half Square Triangles! Barbara got rather carried away after Chris’s post last week and had a quick rummage through Electric Quilt for a few blocks where HSTs predominated. Have a look at the results –
Block One – Broken Dishes
A 4patch block requires 4 HST units, shown here with four mixed blue prints and a single light value.
For one 4inch Broken Dishes block cut squares 2 7/8inches and cut on the diagonal to yield 2 HST triangles per cut square. Arrange the pieces then join together to make the block.
Multiple blocks joined together might look like this –
Block Two – Pinwheels
One easy way to organise and use a wide variety of scraps in the same block/quilt is to add in a single consistent fabric for the background – we’ve hinted at this in the colouring of this Pinwheel block with 4 different blue fabrics and a consistent white background
To make 1 Pinwheel block cut 4 squares 4 1/2inches and a total of 20 scrap HSTs and 20 background/light scrap HSTs cut from 2 7/8inch squares. Pair up background and scrap HSTs, stitch together and press to dark, trim and make Pinwheel units. Lay out Pinwheel units and squares and piece together to make the block.
Here’s an indication of what a complete quilt top might look like with a simple sashing separating the blocks –
Block Three – Hovering Hawks
This is a great block for using scraps – the example above uses 5 different fabrics plus a single background.
To make a 12inch block cut 6 scrap squares 3 1/2inches, 10 scrap HSTs and 10 background/light scrap HSTs cut from 3 7/8inch squares. Arrange all pieces then pair up and stitch HST units, press and trim as necessary before returning to layout and piecing the block. in 4 units
Again, an indication of a full quilt top –
Block Four – Windblown Square
This block requires a total of 16 pieced HST units. Cut the individual HSTs from 3 7/8inch squares – you will need a total of 20 scrap HSTs and 12 background/light scrap HSTs. Pair and piece all the HST units, press and trim, lay units out and piece the block together.
A full quilt set with sashing – but it could be so much more interesting if the scrap colours were more varied and mixed – our example is blues only!
Block Five – Yankee Puzzle
Another traditional block which is made entirely from pieced HST units. For a 12inch block cut the HSTs from 3 7/8inch squares; you will need a total of 20 HSTs scrap and 12 HSTs background/light scrap.
No great leap of imagination required for a full quilt using this block –
And you could combine scrappy HST blocks of the same size –
Further musings on HSTs may show up in future Scrappy Sunday posts after we’ve had a serious rummage through the quilt picture archive. Happy stitching!