3.24.2014

Granny's Broken Stars





So these are the unfinished blocks that my grandmother made in the early 1940s. Some of these blocks are, um, not exactly square. But I have ideas. Oh yes, I have ideas. Not sure which one is my favorite - I think the green and orange one is my fave.

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  1. I like the green and orange, also. My mother-in-law gave me a few quilt tops her mom put together. Two are either appliqued or embroidered blocks, which are just big squares sewn together. One is pieced and the first thing I said to my husband when I looked at it was "She wasn't concerned about matching up points."

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    1. I kept thing that the poor lady probably didn't have the advantage of a rotary cutter. Can you imagine cutting out block pieces with scissors? I have enough trouble with precision using all the modern gadgets!

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  2. I'm sure you'll do something great with these old blocks. They are all interesting–I like the one with the red bandana-like print and the fussy cut squares (a nursery rhyme print, perhaps?)

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  3. I too have some of my grandmother's blocks. What IS the prevailing opinion on whether or not to "remake" them? I have some that were handstitched with a fairly wide running stitch. Not all are square blocks, some are flower-shaped. I do have some squares that are handstitched and
    not exactly square. Is the best option to applique them on to an actual square?

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    1. You know, honestly I'm really conflicted about it. I'm not sure whether to keep them as intact as possible or turn them into something a little different. But....I'm thinking that no matter what I choose to do (right or wrong!), they're better off than sitting in a plastic bag in the bottom of a box. Maybe a medallion with the block as the center? That way I could make a few projects out of them. Or keep it really modern and minimalist and just do one off-centered block with a lot of negative space. Decisions, decisions....

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  4. Like mini carpenter stars with a block in the middle. I like the red one myself.

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  5. Very cool, kind of swoon like on steroids! She had a great eye for color, they sure pop off the screen.

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  6. I love all of them. This is a way better inheritance than china! I guess your talent is bred in the bone:)

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