Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fool!



Look what I found, hidden in the back of the quilt cupboard! Can you believe those fabrics? Granted, there were few cotton prints to choose from in the 1970's, but even so... Just how would you describe that yellow: neon, fluorescent, dayglow? The historically accurate term is chrome yellow or cadmium. And look, it's got a companion print, which no doubt added to the appeal.


Worse than my fabric choice, I hand pieced these babies. spending hour after tedious hour constructing the Drunkard's Path and Crown of Thorns blocks. I even hand quilted them and made them into pillow tops. Can you imagine the decor they might have gone with? Too gaudy for words!


I dug these out just for you! "April Fool."

10 comments:

  1. They look like the old Ely & Walker cottons that were 36" wide. Yes, please don't show me the decor they would go with.

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  2. A shining example of your determination and bright taste at the time? Lordy bee, I'm wondering but afraid of the decor. It seems unfriendly to punish us any further so I'd have to agree - don't show me either!

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  3. I remember the 70s....and I like your blocks...how big are they, they look finished.

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  4. Even though you don't like the colors, you did a great job on piecing them, and by hand. I remember my first patchwork from the 70's, I still have it and it was also a pillow, also ghastly. I guess pillows were the trend back then.

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  5. Those years were lean in fabric options for new quilters. Today's quilters don't realize how lucky they are!!
    I'm impressed with your handpiecing, though!

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  6. You know what? I actually like them A LOT! That yellow says 'cheddar' to me and I do love anything in blue/yellow combo. AND it looks to me like you did a GREAT job on them!! :D

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  7. I love these blocks...they take me back to some of my old dresses my mom would make with the very same blue and yellow combo. It could have been the same fabric, I sure was cute!
    :)

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  8. Hmmm, I like them. Blue and yellow is classic. I'm sorry, but they don't look dated to me. If they were avacado and say... oh, burnt orange, well that might say 70's!! These are adorable.

    Marsha

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  9. I actually like them! Like Jessica, they remind me of the fabrics my mum used to sew my dresses - I had little house on the prairie style ones - with a yoke, pie crust ruffle around yoke and long slightly full dress with puffed sleeves!

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  10. Oh my, who knew that they had Chrom yellow in the 79s--and the blue sure looks indigo to me! These could have been made in the 1870s!!! I like them, well done!

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