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not quite the same

These are my favorite fabrics from the original quilt that I'm copying.  They appear in many of the quilt blocks.

Stripes and polka dots in 2 different colorways!  I need this fabric.  Someone please print it again.

Here's what I managed to find:

I didn't have any luck at all finding any old-fashioned looking light blue prints.  I settled for this light teal calico.  I was able to find black prints and this was the closest I found to polka dots.

Here I used a black calico and a gray fabric with tiny polka dots.

And finally another dark gray fabric with small polka dots.  I did find a white fabric with red dots even if the scale is off.   Notice how I ended up with white, ecru and tan for the light blocks and how similar the light blocks are in the original?

Comparing Stars

I've been showing you blocks that I've been making  based on an old quilt I have.  Actually, it's not a quilt.  I think you would call it a coverlet.  The blocks are sewn together and the edges are finished but there is no backing or batting.
Since progress is temporarily stalled, I thought I'd start showing some of the original blocks and my reproductions.  
I think I did pretty good on this block and it's a mixed bag.  
First, the mustard yellow fabric is nearly identical to the old fabric.  The colors are slightly different but otherwise there's no real difference.  That did not happen very often.  I quickly learned that I couldn't be too picky when selecting fabrics.
At the other end of the spectrum is the black fabric with blue flowers that are the star tips.  I couldn't find anything even close and I tried and remained hopeful through the last quilt shop I visited.  I don't know if it was a striped fabric or a border print but I would love to…

Block 31 - Another Star

Here's the next block.  The quilt has been filled with 9 and 10 inch blocks so far.  This is the first and only 11 inch block.  It will not have sashing and therefore has to be accurate.  That's why I did the other Le Moyne stars first.
I've searched and haven't found this block documented.  I probably haven't looked at the right sources.  I found a Blazing Star which is a Le Moyne with the star points made up of 4 patch diamonds. And the Liberty Star is a Le Moyne Star with the star points made up of 3 strips like a Rail Fence.
The center of this block is a Le Moyne but the star is extended.  I pieced it just like I did the other stars, but I had to piece the diamonds first.  The proportions are different but otherwise it is the same.
My first one went to plan.  The second one did not.  With this block it's hard to tell until the very end and I got the results I was expecting when I did the first one.  The center sticks up like a mountain and the size is way …

Block 29 and 30 - Some Le Moyne Stars

These are the first of the blocks I wasn't really looking forward to: Le Moyne Stars.
I know I've made some of these a while ago.  I've made at least one by hand and I've also tried machine piecing and I'm not in love with either method.  So, my strategy has been avoidance but the quilt I'm reproducing has Le Moyne Stars so I'm making them.
To remember how to make them I've looked at books and searched through online tutorials and settled on this one from Artquiltmaker.  It's different from the usual method of piecing the star and then setting in the corners squares and edge triangles.
One of the stars had a circle pieced over the star.  I don't know if that was intentional or to hide a less than perfect center.  I started with that one in case I needed to hide a less than perfect center.
So, following the tutorial I took a deep breath, tried to respect the bias and not sew into the seam allowance and came up with my first star.

I actually didn…

Block 28 - Wild Goose Chase

Last week I showed 3 blocks so there's only going to be one this week.  It's called Wild Goose Chase.  Isn't that a great name for a quilt block?
When you look for images there are many variations.  Some look just like this one but others either have more flying geese units or triangles instead of squares in the corners.  Still others are completely different.  Here is my favorite Wild Goose Chase reference.
My Wild Goose Chase is a 10 inch block and at 41 pieces is complicated.  Imagine adding in 4 or more flying geese. However, the pattern that is created when the blocks touch each other are beautiful and would be worth the effort.

This is the last block in the quilt that is in my comfort zone.  The remaining blocks are going to stretch my limits and make me learn new techniques.  Luckily there's not that many left.

I'm also running out of completed blocks to show.  I have 2 for next weekend and I just started another block.  So, the rest of the blocks may not b…

Blocks 25, 26 and 27 - Baskets!

Next up are 3 baskets  
My first problem was the handles since it seems like a lifetime ago that I last did applique.  I don't really enjoy applique and usually avoid applique patterns.  But, the basket blocks look great so I must.  The raw edge fusible method which is the easiest doesn't really go in this quilt.  If I had more blocks to do, I would probably do machine applique but for the 6 baskets I decided to go by hand and it actually went faster than I thought it would.  
I know that I'd done freezer paper applique before but I forgot the details so I found Kim Diehl's Simple Applique which walked me through the steps.  I prepared the freezer paper applique using her methods but hand stitched instead of machine.  For the handles, I hand drew the shapes knowing that they wouldn't be perfect.  But, the originals weren't perfect either.  Each handle has it's own personality.
The first basket I'm cleverly calling Basket 1.  It's 9 inches square.


Blocks 23 and 24 - More on the Diagonal

The next two blocks are set on point and finish to 10 inches.
The first very similar to the 25 patch I did earlier except that it is on point and has 41 pieces!

It is pieced exactly the same way except for the triangles at the edges.  The original block had white with red polka fabric in the center and edges and I managed to find a similar fabric.  Notice how the light squares are different fabrics?  The original quilt was the same way.  I think it makes the finished block more fun.  In the original, all the fabrics were white with different spot patterns.  Most of the reproductions that I found used a cream or ecru background and I wish that I had found more whites.

I really had fun with the modern version.  I used some of the black dots that I found that weren't right for the traditional block and kept the same color placements.

The next block is very similar and looks like it would be easier to piece.  It wasn't.

It's called the Album block.  Imagine a whole quilt with…

Blocks 21 & 22 - More triangles

I'm continuing on with blocks for my sampler quilt with blocks with the Hens and Chicks unit (or similar units).  Both blocks are 10 inches.
This block is called Old Maid's Puzzle in EQ7.  When I search online I find this block and a simpler pattern with the same name.  Here's a web page with some fun color combinations and quilt ideas for this version of the block.
I like the way the block turned out, but once again, I had poor stripe planning and have the upper left and lower right corners marching in a different direction. Grrr. The block I am copying has 3 different plaids in it.  Finding plaids has been a challenge and this block has the only 3 plaids that I could find.  At least I found 3.

My brighter version of the block has no plaids and no stripes so there were no worries getting it pieced.

I couldn't find a name for this block but I'm sure I could if I looked long enough.  It is the same as the Square in a Square from early on with fancier corners.  So, …

Blocks 19 & 20

The blocks are getting more complicated.

The next block I'm calling Square in a Square in a Square in a Square.  I'm sure there's an official name for it.  It's a 10 inch block.

Block 4 of this quilt is a simple Square in a Square.  This is the same concept only more triangles.
This is the first of 2 blocks in the quilt that have writing so the center is muslin.  I edited out my inscription which is why it looks dirty.  There are actually 3 blocks that could be used for inscriptions. The other 2 will be coming along later.  Here's the block in the other colorway.

The next block uses a unit called Hen and Chicks. There are 2 of them in this block.  The chick is the small black triangle surrounded by red and the hen is the bigger triangle.

I remember seeing Eleanor Burns making this unit on a Saturday morning Quilt in a Day program and being amazed at how she simply made the unit.  For some reason that was filed away in my brain and was surprised when I actually foun…

Blocks 17 and 18 - Unknown Blocks

Up till now, all the blocks in the quilt I'm reproducing have been popular blocks that I had no trouble recognizing.  But not these next two.  I've looked through pages and pages of quilt blocks and haven't seen anything similar so I don't know what to call them.  No made up names are jumping to mind so I'm going to leave them unnamed.
These blocks are also different in that they appear to be pieced by a less experienced quilter than the others:  points are cut off and corners don't line up.  Perhaps they are early effort or perhaps they were done by someone younger.  They use the same pink and purple fabrics that appear elsewhere in the quilt so they were made from the same stash of fabric as the rest of the quilt.
They were placed in opposite corners of the quilt .  So, I've also used the same color scheme for both blocks.
The first block is above and below.  It finishes out at 10 inches and is really just a 4 patch but two of the patches are pieced.  Th…

Blocks 15 and 16: Stars!

What quilt sampler would be complete without some star block? These are 2 classic stars.  These stars can be found in samplers, alternated with a different block and used as the sole block in a quilt.
Both the blocks will be 9 inches square.

The first is my very favorite star:  Ohio Star.

Look!  I got all the stripes going in the same direction.  You may recognize the points of the star.  One of earlier blocks is a larger version.  This block is so popular that tutorials abound and here is a good one - it even has the cutting directions for the 9 inch block.

Usually when I make the 2nd block I use really bright, wild fabrics.  Here the fabric is wild but the block is low contrast and doesn't jump out at you.  I don't think it hurts to have a few blocks like that in a quilt.

The next block is easily my second favorite star:  Sawtooth Star.

This is another really popular star and the points are made with Flying Geese units.  Again, there are lots of tutorials and here is a good…

Blocks 13 and 14 - Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps

These 2 blocks are some of the most time consuming easy blocks that there are.  There's no shortcuts, each strip has to be sewn on individually.  Between cutting each strip to size, organizing so that the right strip got sewn on to the right side at the right time, sewing and pressing I could have made dozens of other blocks.  I'm not sure that I'd have the patience to make a whole quilt of blocks like these but I do love the way that they look.
The first block is Log Cabin and it finishes to 10 inches and there are 19 pieces of fabric in the block.  The center is cut 2 3/8 inches square and each log is 1 3/8 inches wide.  This is one of the reasons it took longer.  It is harder for me to cut to eights as it is quarters.  I have to concentrate and triple check before cutting.

I would alternate blocks.  First, sew a strip onto block A, then block B.  Then iron block A and sew on a strip.  Then iron block B and sew on a strip.  The weirdest thing happened.  Block A would be…