Monday, March 14, 2011

What's on my Design Floor?

Everything!! And no one is allowed to walk through it!!!


This is the beginning of my lime center strings quilt.  I have all the blocks made now - just need to trim the rest of them up.

But then - did you know its almost the middle of the month? And I have to finish UFO #1 ( cuz Judy said so!)  So I got that out and started on it too.
I call this my Betty Quilt.
My Great Aunt and her mother and sisters were quilters - a long time ago. She gave me a appliqued quilt prior to her passing, and I got really interested in what else they had later in life. So my mom and I did some research and found that they had donated their quilts to the Michigan State Quilt Study.

And then we found the pictures on line - and this one just popped out at me - so I decided to reproduce it.
This is the original made by Martha Durkee Blakesley and her mom - Mary Elizabeth Durkee. These were my aunts Mother and Grandmother. Based on there age the quilt had to be made before 1884 ( cuz thats when Martha died)   Anyways - this is my goal!

So I got all that written late last night before I went to bed, and then I woke up and it was quiet - so I snuck out and finished some more *stuff* - here is my design floor as of 8 am this morning!! Whoo Hoo.

Go see what else is going on in blogland at Judy's Design wall  and make sure to take a cup of tea!

12 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow, you accomplished a lot in one evening. Are you sure the Quilt Fairy didn't visit your house?

Loved the story behind your Betty quilt.

Chris said...

All great projects. Your string quilt is wonderful. It is so bright and cheerful.

Kathie said...

You have been busy thats for sure. I like the planned colors in the string quilt though I always like the scrappy ones also. UFO #1 is great. I have been slow on that. I only need to quilt and bind this one so didn't jump right in. You are right the month is half gone, I better get that on the frame this week.

Mary said...

I've made string quilts before, but never one with a controlled pattern. I really like the look with the lime.

Connie said...

Beautiful string quilt! Love the colors.

Pam said...

I want to make a string quilt with planned colors. I love them. Your repo quilt is wonderful. I wish I were as industrious as you.

Vicki said...

The string quilt is very cool. I love old quilts too and like to make ones with the same "feel." Are these quilts in a the Michigan Museum? I have been there many times and saw several quilts. I would love to see this quilt again in person!!

Barb in Mi said...

Love your quilts! Need to figure out where the Michigan Museum is - I live here for a while now and don't know about it (shame on me). Will ask at the QG!
Thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

Great string blocks, love the green stripe and the pattern. Your Betty quilt is very pretty too. Great story! Thanks for sharing.

Melinda said...

How very special of you to be reproducing a quilt from your family's history. Very cool and great quilt to boot.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a fabulous design floor!

Gari said...

What a great background to your quilt. And what a wonderful quilting family you come from. And I like your string blocks, too. Lime green is a striking color.