Friday, August 30, 2019

August Monthly Mini

Another little quilt from Sheryl Johnson's book, Quirky Little Quilts.

This little trip-around-the-world quilt has been calling out to me ever since I got the book, from Temecula Quilt Company. Its the third quilt I've made from the book, but will no doubt not be the last. Sheryl really brings these antique doll quilts alive, the way she interprets them. And I am so inspired by them I feel like I have to make each one of them myself!

Below is Sheryl's repro quilt from her book, next to what I believe to be her inspiration quilt:

Sheryl's repro

vintage inspiration

I decided I wanted to use vintage fabrics for mine, and stay as true to the inspiration quilts as possible. I studied both these quilts carefully while choosing my fabrics. Luckily I had some that, if not matched, at least worked.

The prints in my quilt are all vintage, with the exception of the three different muslins, the backing, and the binding.

I machine quilted it, using sort of a hanging diamond pattern.

It immediately found a spot presiding over this cluster of mini quilts.

Speaking of quirky quilts, anyone remember these?

I pulled this project out recently as my "next thing to work on and hopefully complete" ... but sadly, I never got back into the flow I had going when I started these blocks. These were really fun to make ... until they weren't. Maybe I had used up my best scraps already? Maybe that switch simply switched off. At any rate, I managed to complete enough blocks for a small throw before I totally ran out of juice. Wondering all the while, where was I going with this, anyway?

At any rate, I went ahead and sewed them all together, into this glorious mess. My husband says it looks like a whole bunch of foreign flags sewn together. Berzerkistan? lol!  Not only does it not bear any resemblance to "my" inspiration quilt (seen here) but I didn't even make a dent in my scraps! I have no idea what fate awaits this poor thing. I guess I'll let it stew until it tells me where it wants to go.

Please check out Wendy's blog (The Constant Quilter) for a round up all our August monthly minis!



Robin said...

Your mini quilt is just the sweetest darn thing! And the big quilt. . . I think it's delightful.

Barbara said...

Love that you used mostly vintage fabrics for your sweet August mini! Nice job! I think you're on to something wonderful with all those quirky blocks! I've always wanted to make a quilt like that but never got beyond thinking about it. Have fun!

cspoonquilt said...

Oh Sandy the mini is cute and I admire your use of the vintage fabs; but I love, love, love your Berserkistan top! The vintage inspiration is cool to, but it's just a slight shift in palette, the spirit is there! I think I might have to try that one myself!! cheers!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your mini is adorable! I keep telling myself that I do not need that book, but it's getting very hard to resist. I love Berzerkistan! It's wonderful chaos--lol! I really need to dig out all my orphan blocks and try something similar.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I love your trip around the world mini, made so special with vintage fabrics. And as for your wild quirky quilt.... it may grow on you! I think a "glorious mess" in the quilting world is a great thing.

Janet O. said...

You really replicated that mini well. Makes me want to do one, too, but I know I don't have the right fabrics to make such a faithful copy.
Oh, I got a good laugh over the name Berzerkistan. Might be fitting. The ultimate "make do" quilt. :)