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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Story of an Old Quilt

Hi Everyone!

I know I've been a bit light on my blog posts this week.  My husband and I just got home from Colonial Williamsburg.  Please come back later this week as there was the most incredible exhibition of antique Baltimore Album quilts, and they allowed photos, so I will be sharing!

Today I am going to talk about a quilt I made long ago--way back in the late 90s.  Maybe 1998?  I was in the very first "edition" of the Thimbleberries club.  What sparked this post is that Kim, over at Kim's Big Quilting Adventure, blogged recently about making the quilt from that first year.

Here is her picture of the quilt.  When I was making it back in the 90s, McCalls Quilting had just had a hugely successful "serial" quilt in their magazine by Robert Callaham called "Grandma's Country Album."  I was in love with it, but at that time, I didn't applique.  Following on the success of the first quilt, Robert designed another quilt, and it was running in McCalls at the same time as I was starting Thimbleberries Club.

Here is a picture of it--you can sort of see it here.  Robert used Thimbleberries fabrics in both of these quilts.  I considered for a while and decided that maybe I could "redesign" some of the blocks from the Thimbleberries Club quilt to fit the shapes of the blocks in the Country Album II quilt.  There are 13 blocks in this quilt, so I had add something else, so I used a leaf block.  When I got all the blocks done, I cut hundreds of small squares to piece for lattice, just like shown in the picture.  I put the quilt together and hated it.  The pieced lattice worked in Robert's version because the blocks were appliqued.  Having the pieced lattice against pieced blocks did not work!  I thought about it and decided to use one fabric for the lattice.  I hated to waste all those small squares, though, so I used them for the border.  I really liked how it came out.

Here is my version!
I used to really love Thimbleberries fabrics, patterns, and BOMs, but after a while, I found the patterns to be a bit simplistic for me.  They are perfect for beginners!  I also am really ambivalent about make the exact same quilt as potentially hundreds of other people.  I love how this version is very unique!  I think I did one more year of Club and then I stopped.  Now I'm trying to "use up" all my Thimbleberries stash and haven't been buying any more.  Her pallette is just too brown and dark for me these days.  By the way, I did teach myself to applique so that I could make the first Grandma's Country Album.  Maybe I will show a picture of it at a later date.

I hope everyone has a great day!


  1. Thanks for sharing your story of such a great quilt! I think the border really makes the whole thing sparkle.
    I have a friend who did the "Grandma's Country Album" and then handquilted the whole thing. It's a very pretty quilt for sure.

  2. Very cool quilt.... who says we have to follow a pattern exactly? One of the reasons for making a quilt is that you can make it your own... one-of-a-kind and all that stuff!

    Looking forward to seeing the photos of your trip to Williamsburg and all the old quilts!

  3. I love your version! And that border is fantastic!

  4. You must have been in heaven - Baltimore Album quilts at Colonial Williamsburg. What a beautiful, beautiful location for quilts that must have been out-of-this-world-gorgeous. I can't wait to see your photos!! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  5. What a treat to be able spend time in Williamsburg. It is one of my most favorite places.

    I came today to tell you that I like your blog so much that I've given you the Liebster Blog Award. You can read more about it at http://joyforgrace.blogspot.com/2013/01/surprise-liebster-award.html. And I hope you accept awards! Congratulations, JoAnne.