Saturday, April 20, 2013

Little Quilts and Blue

I'm still making things with blue fabric. I was looking for something yesterday and found something else.  For some reason, as soon as I saw the bag of squares I remembered the quilt I started long ago and instantly became inspired to try to finish it.  Does that ever happen to you?


I don't know what it is about this antique doll quilt but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. The blues and the dots pulled me in, I think.

I had cut out the pieces but must have gotten busy, packed it away and never had the urge to finish. So I immediately put down the other project I had been working on, took some of the already cut pieces from the bag then updated them with some newer blues and pinks and background squares and started to sew, with CNN on in the background. What a day.


I can't remember exactly when I started cutting the squares for this little quilt but I know I fell in love with the quilt years ago. It's in a book by the Little Quilts ladies and was one of the first quilting books I bought when I first entertained the idea of quilting in 2000. See, I had to buy a whole bunch of books first to inspire me - then I took the leap. There were not a lot of books on small quilts out then.


The very first quilt I made was also from a pattern in a Little Quilts book. Who knew that a few years later I'd become addicted to making small quilts and would be designing my own and getting them published? That's the beauty of quilting -  you never know exactly where it will take you.

 
 
I sure hope I can finish it this time. I think it'll be really cute when I'm done. And it will probably turn out much better because I waited.


22 comments:

Susannah said...

I have so much fun when I come to your blog! You are a total inspiraation. I, too, love little quilts. Kind of lost my mojo lately, but it is coming back! Thanks, Kathleen.

Susannah

Kindred Quilts said...

Lovely little nine patch blocks, and I especially like the dot fabric you will be using!

Me and My Stitches said...

Funny how things come full circle! Such cute little blocks!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

LOVE those dots!! and you can never go wrong with nine patches, either. Might have to make another little blue quilt for myself :)

Kathie said...

my first book of little quilts , still treasure this book and their little book of living with quilts. Love that book too!
Kathie

Janet O. said...

What a sweet little quilt! Isn't it funny how easily we get distracted from one project to another. Story of my quilting life. : )
Haven't seen this little quilt book before.

Kathleen Tracy said...

Yes! Me too. That book is still one of my favorites. And Little Quilts All Around the House. Got 'em all.

Sue said...

I really love the nine patch and this is going to be a sweet little quilt!!

JoAnne said...

I made that quilt years ago and it is still a favorite!

Heartsdesire said...

I've loved that sweet quilt since I bought the book way back in 1996. It was my first quilting book and I used it so much that I wore it out and had to buy a new one. Love looking through it every now and again. There is so much inspiration there. Hope you get your quilt finished this time. It will be so cute.

Celia Gibson said...

I also have had that book for a long time and just last week I purchased 3 of your books to be able to participate in your group. Check out my blog if you get a chance.Thanks & admire your work.

Merilyn said...

This is definitely a cutie, and the dots fabric really makes it!!! Glad you got inspired to get back into finishing this very sweet quilt!!!!

Amy said...

The kit for that quilt arrived in my mailbox yesterday as part of the Sorority Club at the Little Quilts shop in Marietta, Georgia.

pandchintz said...

Such cute 9-patch blocks!!

Radka said...

So sweet :-) That's the great thing about having more projects around, you can have a surprise now and then!

Rosa said...

Mmm, yummiest.Glad you finished it!

quiltgrannie said...

Kathy, I have all the Little Quilt books too, I love to get them out from time to time and see how they decorate with the quilts. This is one of my favorite quilts from that book, I can't wait to see yours finished. Karen

Sue Bennett said...

So glad that you found it, and plan on finishing it. What a great small quilt.

Pam in IL said...

I love the look of that Little Quilt too. I'll be excited to see it finished.

Hope you didn't have much flooding where you live. We've had major flooding here, but no damage at my house.

Carmen y Prady said...

Sera precioso cuando lo termines. Las telas son muy bonitas.
Un beso.

Judy Hansen said...

Hi Kathleen, I have always liked this quilt from Little Quilts too! In fact, I made a version of it and blogged about it here:
http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com/2012/04/little-lamb-counting-sheep-under-little.html
Your version is going to be great!
Judy

Rhonda Vigness said...

That little blue quilt is one that I made several years ago. It looks so much like it.

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