Blue Check Sashed Squares
I describe this quilt as “kinda vintage” because all the pinks are vintage feed sack fabrics from my collection, and the multicolored plaid in the sashing is also a vintage fabric. These coarse feed sack fabrics often have wild designs, and I wanted to keep the square large to showcase these fun patterns, as well as to mimic the 30″s “utility quilts” , the quilts that the family actually uses, as opposed to those put on the bed in the guest room when company was visiting.
The blue gingham is the odd ball here, since it was found on the sale table at a local discount store. The store had multiple bolts of this fabric available in October as the perfect choice when making a Wizard of Ox Dorothy costume for Halloween. But it was perfect for my intended use as well.Blue Check Sashed Squares, 1999 61″ x 72″ Photography by Sharon Risedorph
And because the fabrics are so dominant, the quilting needed to be plain. Simple single and double diagonal lines made interesting patterns withing the blocks and sashing units.
Blue Check Sashed Squares, detail
This quilt was photographed for the wonderful book Cotton Candy Quilts by Mary Mashuta, and my only regret is that I did not think to photograph the back of this beauty, since it, too, was made using vintage feed sacks, the really wild ones. Click here to read more about the humble feed sack and its place in quilting history.
This quilt has recently found a new home and I hope it will give some pleasure.
More fun EBHQ fabric postcards
Speaking of Halloween, I have gone a little crazy recently with these Alexander Henry Halloween fabric scraps from a long-ago (and still unfinished) project. I love the wild graphics of the heads, and the color combinations are right up my alley, so I played and played. I don’t think these are out of my system yet, so there may be more.
I even found a way to use these scraps when part of the image was missing. This postcard thing is addictive.
And just one more for some special relatives:
EBHQ postcard people: Send me pix of your postcards for this site. I’d love to see what you have designed!