Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Just hangin out

One of the local apple houses has quilts hanging out on a clothesline on the weekends, a real tourist traffic stopper! I always liked the way the quilts looked, hanging there in the sunshine and breeze. I tried to get a picture of the scene, but there were too many cars, etc. So, of course I said, "I can do that!" We haven't hung laundry out to dry in years, but had a clothesline and some clothespins from Jacob's baby shower decorations, got out some quilts and hung them in my yard. I did not realize that I had so many quilts until I got them all out. I think most of the vintage ones are from Aunt Bess. There is one in particular that I would like to find out the name of the pattern used. Mystery Quilt The pieces are so tiny, I would never attempt to start something so intricate.

I wonder where all those scraps came from, were they fabric scraps left over from sewing or were they cut up from old clothes? If quilts could talk, oh the stories they could tell.

When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.


Motherkitty said...

What an absolutely beautiful idea -- hanging gorgeous quilts on a line for all the world to see and admire. Your showing pictures of the "Mystery" quilt reminds me of my mother and her quilting. She machine-quilted on her old Singer (which I am now the proud owner of). She made a full-size patchwork quilt for my daughter Allison when she was about 8 years old, along with beautiful pink curtains for her room. The curtains still hang in Allison's room at my home (with strict instructions from daughter that we are never to throw them away) and she has the quilt at her home. What's special about the quilt is that my mother used leftover scraps of material from dresses that she made Allison as she was growing up. My daughter cherishes this quilt and her grandmother. Thank you for your delightful stories and pictures. I especially liked the view of your driveway with the stunning fall colors. Reminds me of Kentucky. Now, if we could just get rid of all the houses that we see from our back deck, I would think we had died and gone to heaven. BTW, my name is Laurel.

Finn said...

Hi Susan, thanks for your comment over at Pieces, I think you might have helped me "nail" the problem.
I tried, what you had done, double clicked to get a bigger view, and saw the black. It seems to be creeping into the corners of most of the pics I've posted. And some(like the bow ties against yellow are snapshots from my regular camera) And now I think I know what the trouble is...I run almost everything through my Dell Image Expert, cropped them, "quick fix" them, etc.
I'll be the pixels are changed and away they fade. I had to remove some of Oct. posts today, because the black is creeping in.

Bet it's not the color card at all, but to be safe, I'm deep into reading my manual...LOL..thanks again!!
The bow tie block is just a quick piece 6.5" one, it's that little extra strip added once I lay them out that helps..*S*

abe/happy said...


ive stumbled upon your blog and have been reading your other post on Wednesday, October 26th about the Perry House,

was just wondering did a man named Leander Perry own this house?

if so i have found another blog which tells the story of how he and another man down the street in the 1900's named William Cable were in competition with each other,If one added something onto their home, the other did it bigger and better.

the blog is about the renovating of the william Cable house, by the people who now own it.

doubleknot said...

Your quilts are lovely. Even down here in the south we see quilts hung out on clotheline to sell them and they look lovely.
I only have one quilt left that I made and it needs a new cover. After Xmas is when I will start it - I hadn't given any thought as to the material I would use until you mentioned in your blog about what fabric was used. My quilt has had two covers on it and they booth came from my kids and my out grown clothes. I guess I will have to see what I have stashed away. Thanks for the picture.

susan said...

In answer to your question regarding the Perry House, it was owned by John Philip Perry, mayor at the time.

Seeing Anew said...

That was a beautiful photo -- those quilts just belong between those trees above a richly colored carpet of leaves. We too have a family quilt and I remember my father looking at it and saying "There is Uncle Charlie's shirt, and there is Grandma's dress" as he spotted different fabrics that had been recycled into the quilt.

Alice said...

A small town about 50 miles from where I live will hold their famous quilt show this weekend. It's called 'Airing of the Quilts'. There are quite a few old buildings with balconies in the town and the quilts will be hung from these balconies so they can be seen from the street.