Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Quilts Make Great Birthday Presents

I sure hope you did not think i forgot, mom!! This was my amazing, fantastic, super awesome birthday present from my parents.
My mom was recently at a big local flea market and she found this unfinished quilt top. It is amazing and all hand done!!! I have no idea how old it is but some of the fabrics look like feed sack prints, so 40's maybe. Where the circles overlap pone another the fabrics are all different colors and they are a different weight than the rest of the quilt. They have a linen look and feel to them.
Everyone was making jokes when i opened it because i could not wipe the look of sheer thrill off my face. I love it!! Now that brings me to this....i need HELP. Help knowing what to do with it now. I am not sure i should attempt finishing it. I am not so great at curves...i could use it for other projects as a cutter quilt. but what a shame that seems. Any of you quilting ladies out there have any ideas for me? HELP!!! I could also use some tips for cleaning it, right now it smells like old lady.
I also wanted to share the presents of one happy little man!! From us he got the digger he has been dreaming and talking about for nearly 2 years. That is a long time when you are only 5. He is also wearing his new version cowboy boots. These are definitely a step up from the pair he was wearing....hand me down brown boots trimmed in pink and rhinestones form his sister...so worn and loved now that his toes are nearly coming through the fronts!
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11 comments:

angela said...

For the quilt, I would just layer it and quilt, then bind with bias. I don't think I could cut all that work! Although if you cut out a square, then sashed the edge in white and quilted, you could get a nice bunch of pillows out of it.

(and I love the digger!)

Firefly said...

My suggestion for the old lady smell is to use a Dryell set on it. It's for drycleaning clothes, but works wonders on smells. You jsut throw it in the bag, with one of the damp sheets that come with the kit, and it should come out fresh messing, without having to worry about how it'll launder unfinished.
As for the finishing part, I'm not pro at quilting, but the suggestion from Angie seems the way to go with this one, layer quilt and bind, or see if you can find someone who would know how to do the curvy quilting better. Hope that helps :) It's a beautiful top. You're a lucky gal :)

Firefly said...

Fresh smelling...I need sleep LOL

Colleen said...

Quilts do make good birthday presents!

Tell Mitchie that I like his boots.

Lori said...

I would take it to a local quilt shop and let them take a look at it and guide you. They would be thrilled to help you out ( at least in most instances I would think depending on level of friendliness!) There's got to be a little quilt shop there in that little town by West Point, right? (Didn't we have this conversation once?!! That's where you guys are and my husband is a 95 grad. ??!!) Thanks for the comments on my bathroom redo. It helps to have a little moral support!

MLE said...

I always get so scared to quilt something that I can't replace! I've never messed up a quilt, but I don't want the first one I mess up to be one that can't be replaced! I would wimp out and pay to have it professionally quilted. I don't think I could bear to cut into it! I have no idea about the old lady smell...good luck with that!

How lucky you are to have such a find! Love it. And that toy is awesome!

Jonelle Yates said...

I don't know anything about quilting, but could you place it on top of a big square/rectangle of fabric like a sheet and sew it to it and then make a square/rectangle quilt out of it? Just a thought.

Colleen said...

Julia says that Mitchie's digger is really cool and your quilt is cool too or maybe it's cute.

MaryMary said...

Oh Leslie it's soooo pretty. Lucky woman! Good job to your mom!

Sylvia Goode Basham said...

Maybe Bethany can help:
http://www.bethanyquilts.blogspot.com/

Brown Family Blog said...

love it! How many quilts do you have? E would seriously be jealous of Mitchie's gift.

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