Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hexagon Madness.

Here is where I share my weirdness with you all. I love to take old tops, blocks and cutter quilts and re-make them. Yes it takes more time than making a quilt from new fabric but I love to give these old treasures new life. I bought this 1930s hexagon piece at the IQF in Houston. It had been made into a dresser runner with a lace edge along one long side. The hexagons were nicely made but the white hexagons in the pathways look like they were made by someone else as they are not all hexagon in shape where they are stitched. it looks like the hexagon flowers were made by an experienced stitcher as the stitching is fine and the flowers are all regular in shape. However, where the pathways join the flowers, there are folds and edges which are no longer hexagons.
I too lots of photos so I can re-create it as it was intended. The hexagons were 1 inch in soze so I am re-making them as 3/4 inch hexagons which allows me to avoid the seams where they are worn and also allows me to still use those white pathways which seem to be smaller than the hexagon flowers. Some of the hexagon flowers were cut to make the dresser runner and I will re-join these again using the sewing machine so I can use as many of the pieces as possible.

You can see how the hexagons have been cut and edged with lace along one side. I removed the lace and I'm going to repair as many of the hexagons as possible. A couple of the fabrics used in the hexagons have frayed too much to use so they will be eliminated from the re-purposed piece.

Here is the first hexagon flower I've re-stitched. I find that re-purposing the fabric means that I get the old world charm but I can make it sturdy enough that it will last for more years to come.
 If you are interested I'll check back through my blog for more examples of my rescues. So there you have it- I am weird but I love to rescue old pieces and fix them. It makes me feel connected to quilters from the past. No one starts out to make an ugly quilt and I have seen some "interesting" tops and blocks which look so much better when they have been rescued.
 Yes I have plenty of new projects to work on but rescues make me feel good!
Anyone else feel this way?
Hugs, Jan Mac

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mary Koval's Antique Quilts At Houston

I was really pleased to see that Mary and Joe Koval also had a display of some of their beautiful antique quilts. It was wonderful to be able to see the detail up close and as usual the applique quilts were my favourites for all their stunning detail.

This fabulous Tree of Life panel is being reproduced by Mary and will be on sale early next year. The colours were beautiful and I just wish I could have taken a better photo.

Isn't this a cute 1930s quilt.
I didn't even get to see all of the displays at the IQF but I did spend lots of time with the displays that made my heart beat faster. It was such a joy to see so many fabulous quilts from around the world and if you get the chance to attend this wonderful event you will be sure to enjoy it.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Monday, November 17, 2014

Carolyn Konig Was Featured At Houston 2014.

Carolyn Konig was also featured at the IQF at Houston this year and here are her beautiful quilts. All three Australians, Di Ford Hall, Michelle Yeo and Carolyn Konig have had books published by Quiltmania and were invited to display their quilts in Houston as well as give a lecture about quilting in Australia. They gave  brief background information about quilting from our English heritage and how waggas were used in necessity during the depression. They also explained that they drafted their quilt designs, based on antique quilts, and using just a pencil, ruler and eraser.
 Their lecture was very well received and over much too quickly.
Well done ladies! It was lovely to see them being recognized on an international stage.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Michelle Yeo's Quilts at Houston.

Michelle Yeo was also a featured quilter at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year. Michelle reproduces antique quilts  and drafts her own patterns. The quilts usually have intricate piecing and her use of colour is unusual and very striking.

Michelle often combines intricate piecing and applique in her designs and I have a few of her patterns to make up.
I hope you enjoy the eye candy for today.
Hugs, Jan Mac