Monday, August 28, 2017

A new quilt top filled with old memories on Design Wall Monday...

Another week has whizzed by, hasn't it?  And so much has gone on in the world in the last week...the eclipse and Hurricane Harvey and now the epic flooding in Texas... my heart and prayers go out to all of those affected by this storm. Mother Nature proves again that you can't control her.

And since I can't control the weather...and I pretty much complain about it all the time...except for right now...right now the weather in SW Ohio is just about perfect... 70 degrees ...low humidity...I've got the windows all open and it feels so good... where was I?? Oh can't control the weather, but can control my sewing and I finished a top for this Monday morning...

This is my Puss in the Corner quilt done in all Lori Holt fabrics. I started with two layers cakes of her newest lines Bee Basics and Bee Backgrounds. Now I did add a couple of other fabrics to this top, some of the prints that are only available in the extra wide 108" background fabrics and a piece from an older collection, but they all play together nicely.

Now this is a brand new quilt but it is filled with old memories for me. I am a child of the 50's and 60's... a time I remember as perfect... my Mom was a stay at home mom before that term was ever coined. We played outside all day, we walked to school (and no it wasn't uphill both ways but it was about a mile away). we caught lightening bugs in a  mayonnaise jar with holes punched in the top, and life was good.  So many of the fabrics in this quilt brought back these kinds of memories for me...

Where to start...  the border of this quilt is a lovely yellow print from the 108" wide collection and when I saw it I immediately remembered the cafe curtains in my Mom's kitchen that were hung with little brass clips that slid back and forth...

And when I think if my Mom, I remember sewing... she let me use her Kenmore sewing machine with the cams when I was 6 years old. I started out making doll clothes and moved on into making all my own clothes by my teen years...

And as the child of the 50's and 60's TV played an important role in my life... the Mickey Mouse Club and Lawrence Welk and  Midwestern Hayride (a  local WLW show) and Bonanza were some of my favorites...

and don't you love that penmanship print?  My handwriting was never that pretty...

And I remember getting my first two wheeled  bike for Christmas when I was in the first grade...

And why does that green print with the circles remind me of the test pattern that use to appear on the TV when they signed off for the night???

And when it was hot we sat in front of a fan...

but we didn't have any cute baby chicks running around in my 1960's suburban neighborhood.

And I learned to type on a "portable"  Remington typewriter that weighed about 50 lbs...ok that is a bit of an exaggeration... but not much...

This is the only print that isn't from the current LH collections and it was too cute not to include in this quilt.   And if you remember the start of this top you might recall  there were some gray prints in the collection... I thought I could use them... I really did...but in the end I just didn't want then in this quilt... I just wanted bright happy colors so that's what I used. Insert stompy foot 8 year old me in 1961...LOL

So many good memories...

This was a easy quilt to make... I was going to link to the tutorial I used but somehow it has disappeared from the did that happen?? I thought everything on the web was least the bad stuff is ...well anyway... I just stacked a print and a background square... I cut them down to 9.5"...then I cut a 2.5" strip off of all 4 sides... then I shuffles the squares and you get two blocks with the positive /negative of each other...easy peasy.

Now to get this off to Terry to have it quilted... I'm looking forward to sleeping under this one and hopefully dreaming of the 60's... that would be nice.

I'll link up today with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts  and  Em's Scrapbasket and Love Laugh Quilt.

Hope you have a good week and send prayers and maybe a donation to a charitable organization for all those people in Texas.

happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. I just bought a quarter-yard of that penmanship print last week! Your PITC blocks are just, well, charming. I have a ziploc bag with clip-on cafe curtain rings from the time I hung a sheet to cover a doorless closet. That was about 20 years ago but I keep thinking the cafe rings will come in handy someday . . .

  2. I love how you connected your childhood memories to your new quilt. Well done!

  3. I have similar memories, tho I was a bit older in 1961, My folks gave me a Singer with cams when I was a senior, then wouldn't let me take it to college with me. (In reality, The Mama wanted to use it!)

  4. Another bright, cheerful quilt, full of wonderful memories....many of which I have too!

  5. love your quilt and all the bright happy fabric's

  6. That is such a gorgeous bright quilt. And the prints and memories in it are wonderful. I still have a very heavy manual typewriter in our store room! It was a gift when I was around 14. Lovely pattern.

  7. I love your fabrics and your memories! Life was so much simpler back then. I'm not convinced that all the technology and electronics that are supposed to make our lives easier, have made our lives better. Ah the good old days!!

  8. I like that 'memories' quilt. That old tv pattern is fantastic!

  9. This is a lovely post, Carol! You made a beautiful quilt top with the LH fabrics. The block looks very fun...and easy once you explained how it was done!

  10. That quilt top provided such a nice trip down memory lane. We have many of the same memories. I played out all day and even walked to the movies in town without worries. It is a lovely quilt!!

  11. I am a little bit younger (it's nice to be able to say that every now an then), child of the 60s and 70s. I still related to all your memories. Love it all, especially the fun yellow border...perfect for you and your quilt!

  12. Oh, what a FUN, FUN post! I love those fabrics and your beautiful quilt, but I love the memories of your childhood you shared with us best of all! Wouldn't it be wonderful if kids could still grow up that way? All of this 'progress' sure messes up a lot of things. :)

  13. You made great progress.This is really pretty and good idea on site !



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