QUILT INFO

I used an Electric Quilt applique design and modified it slightly to make this basket block.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Wonky World Antique Quilt and A Book Review

A good while back, I discovered Wonky World blog which belongs to Bill Volckening.  He is an antique quilt collector,  I like one of his quilts very much.  You can see the quilt here and read the various posts where he presents each block of the quilt.  He has been asked if he would ever publish a pattern of the quilt and it is not something he plans to do.  But he did say on one of the blog posts that a quilter could re-create part or all of the quilt for study purposes.  I have taken my favorite block from the quilt and made a wall hanging size piece (not yet quilted).  I selected fabrics from my stash in the same colors used in the antique quilt.


I struggled with the zig-zag border.  I had in mind to do the zig-zags in a log cabin style and even drew it on paper.  I thought it looked okay but when I actually sewed the borders and put them on the design wall with the center block, it looked awkward.  I tried plain cornerstones and it looked blah.  I thought of applique on the corners but in the end, I went with a four patch.  I cut off part of the longer zig-zag sections so I could use the cornerstone four patches but then one of the zig-zag sections did not fit quite right.  So in Gwennie style, I just left it as it turned out.  I am not sure how I will quilt it.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was asked to read and review a novel by Frances O'Roark Dowell called "Birds In the Air".  The author has written children's books in the past and this is her first adult novel and it has a quilt theme.


The story is about a woman who moves to a small mountain town (along with her family) in North Carolina.  They moved into an older home that Emma had fallen in love with.  The house had an intriguing attic which had trunks left by a previous owner.  She discovers an antique quilt in the first trunk she opens.  After a phone call to her sister, her sister convinces her to take the quilt to a quilt shop in the town to learn its value.  The shop owner soon has Emma learning to make a quilt, joining a local quilt guild, and the story progresses from there.  Emma is a bit shy but is trying to fit in.  She is asked to help collect antique quilts from the community for a centennial celebration.  During the course of the story, she is accused of stealing the quilt that she found in the attic.  I will not go into detail about that part of the story so that you can read the book and enjoy the story's progression.  She meets a neighbor's daughter who has a bad reputation and that woman convinces Emma to teach her to make a quilt.  Not everyone in the town likes Emma's decision to befriend the woman.

The story is interesting and has a moral to it.  I found it light reading.  Not so believable that such a small town would have a quilt shop  when you have to drive to another town to find a pizza shop.  Also, brand names were mentioned and that reminded me of the race car drivers when they win a race and try to get their sponsor's products in view and mentioned.  All in all, the book kept my interest.  If you enjoy reading the fiction books that revolve around quilting, you might want to give it a go.

Karen

22 comments:

  1. Karen es un bloque muy bonito,
    me encanta el zigzag del borde,
    cuentas muy bien la historia de Emma
    gracias por compartir
    buen domingo

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  2. I LOVE that little quilt Karen, the colors are stunning and that zig-zag border is awesome!!!! What a cheerful work!!

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  3. Another beauty, Karen. And I love the whimsy of the zigzag border. Perfection!

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  4. This little quilt really pops! I love everything about it--the colors, the applique (all those little circles!) and the incredible border. Still can't see the problem area in the border that you mentioned.
    Some "quilt Fiction" I have read seemed to try to hard to make a story around quilting. Sounds like this could be a fun read.

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  5. That's a wonderful free spirited applique medallion. The flowers are full of imagination and tiny circles! Along with the zigzag border and brillant cheddar it's a winner all around.

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  6. Karen I love your medallion quilt. The zigzag border is wonderful. Hugs

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  7. Thanks for the book review--it sounds right up my alley!

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  8. Love the colors you used. It'a perfect combo with the Center block ! Awesome appliqué as usual !
    I've heard from the news that a hurricane flew over the Florida. .I hope it's over now.

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  9. I absolutely LOVE that block and the border! One of my favorite projects you've done lately. You do like a good challenge, don't you? LOL
    I'm reading that book too!

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  10. OH I love your block!!!!! You did a good job on this one!

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  11. Your block is lovely. I took a quick look at the Wonky blog and oh MY I'll be going back there off and on to catch up and see all of his lovely quilts and posts about them! :)

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  12. Very fun block and I like your fabrics! Thanks for the book review.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  13. Very fun block and I like your fabrics! Thanks for the book review.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  14. I can see why you feel in love with that block and had to make it. It's beautiful. What a great book review, I'll keep an eye out for it. It's always fun reading quilt related novels.

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  15. Pretty block-I love the touch of purple.
    thanks for the book review!

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  16. Oh that zig zag border is stunning. Great little wall hanging. Now I need to head over to the link of the antique quilt.

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  17. nice zig zag on that block. It's a wonderful pattern love the berries!

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  18. Love your block with the zigzag border and four patch corner stones!! It is beautiful!!

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  19. Your mini quilt came out beautifully. The zigzag border is spot on!

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  20. Love that zigzag border! So interesting!

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  21. I love your block! And thanks for the book review. I love to read books with a quilting theme. I will check to see if my library has it.

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