Recently, I found it again and prewashed it. As it lay on my cutting table waiting to be refolded, I contemplated whatever to do with it. Perhaps a two-color quilt in flying geese, or maybe stars, or half-square triangles? But I worried that all by itself, it might make a brand new quilt look instantly dated. Maybe just use the yardage for a border, or a backing?
It's mostly cotton, from what I can tell. It may have some poly, judging from how it didn't wrinkle in the dryer and from the feel of it. But it is a nice weight and seems stable enough to quilt with, is the point. The selvage says The Manes Corporation, which I believe is no longer in business since a couple decades ago. I guess that makes it vintage.
Then I thought maybe combining it with other fabrics might be a better idea—you know, sort of losing it in the shuffle. On a whim, I decided to make a trial Dresden block with it.
And I liked that. However, maybe I wouldn't do a traditional Dresden but something else, like a diagonal squiggle with quarter blocks.
Still undecided about how to put it together, but I went ahead and cut more pieces, so we'll see how it evolves. I'll still have loads the navy/white print left. Any ideas?
* * * * * * *If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen this skirt I pinned from JCPenney recently. I don't wear short (or any) skirts anymore, but I loved the design and thought it'd make a cool quilt.
|JCP - $9.99 y'all!|
I also tried a one-seam flying geese block and then folding the sides back, cathedral windows style.
I tossed these in the odd blocks bin for another time. A couple days later, however, I saw a blurb about an upcoming quit-along hosted by Megan at City Stitches. Serendipity!
I have downloaded the pattern, which is basically a modified drunkard's path block. Now I need to get my fabric together. Check out the post here for some cool variations.
* * * * * * *Here's a tune from the vault, circa 1977, which I found myself singing along with the chorus ("no no no no nooo no no no...") in the car the other day. Such a pretty song for the saga of a deadbeat (and only slightly remorseful) dad.