QUILT INFO

The quilt shown in the header is from a pattern by Liberty Rose named "Crystal".

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Playing With Technique

About 1991 or so, a quilting friend made the "Sailors" design from the Red Wagon book "Collections One".  Here is a picture of the quilt from the book.


I was intrigued by the sailors but was told the block design was fussy and tricky to make.  The block required templates to make it.  I tried making one block without success.  I had started piecing quilts in 1990 and my skills still needed improvement.  Many years later, I decided to attempt again to make one block.  I started with the head section and did not like the look of the sailor's hat and stopped.  I thought about the design some and thought it might be possible for me to get a nicer look using applique.  Finally, a couple weeks ago, I pulled the book out and decided to play with the design and was able to come up with a way to be successful with applique.  This time, I cut the hat in one piece instead of three.  I used a Judy Rothermel flag print and by placing the freezer paper template carefully, I was able to come up with a similar look of the original.  Here is my block.


I enjoyed making the block but decided I needed additional seam allowance for future blocks.  I made four more blocks having fun selecting fabrics for each one.  Those blocks have gone off to a friend and I forgot to take a picture before mailing them.  So no picture to share at this time.

Love those old Red Wagon books and so many of the designs within.

Karen

20 comments:

  1. What an interesting sailor. I've never seen the pattern before. You were certainly able to come up with a way to make it look like the original. Clever cutting for the hat. One of the ladies in my quilt group passed away a few months ago. Thursday night we each had the opportunity to pick out one of the books from her library. There is sure a lot of great patterns in the older books.

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  2. What a cute sailor--wonder if he is married!!!!
    good for you to keep trying that pattern--are you going to make yourself a quilt top with that pattern??
    and I agree with Robin above--the other books and magazines have some really nice patterns--just am not into all this modern stuff--way tooo modern for this country gal!!!
    enjoy the moments,di

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  3. Karen tu marinero es genial. se ve simpático y alegre!!
    buen domingo

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  4. How darling! I love the effect of the striped fabric.

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  5. I get frustrated with lots of piecing, love how it looks and will be fun to make a quilt with mine. I can take a photo, have to find a place I can get it laid out and snap a photo from above.

    Debbie

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  6. Wow now that is intricate! Looks great! And I LOVE your header quilt!

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  7. Well done for not giving up...and now you have something to show for all the effort. That is a cute block and good call on the fuzzy cutting for the hat!

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  8. I love this block. I also love your new header. I have that book by Cheri. Hugs

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  9. I'm all for finding easier ways to accomplish a block and you certainly nailed this one! Your sailor is pretty cute and snappy--he seems to be clicking his heels--must have heard he has 24 hour leave--lol!

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  10. These sailors are so dynamic! When you look at them, you can hear them singing away, can't you?

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  11. Very clever to redesign it and applique instead! :)

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  12. Yay for you to figure out how to redo it. Very cute!

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  13. What a whimical block! It's easy to forget about the extra needed for seam allowances.

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  14. Loved those old patterns. You came up with a great remake for that block. I can't believe you never gave up on that pattern for so many years! Love your header.

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  15. Looks great. I love your determination. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. What a beautiful sailor!!! I don't think I've ever seen this block before!

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  17. Glad to see a design from The Red Wagon qult books.. I have three books and treasure them.. and presently follow Jan Patek, one of those three originals. Your block is quite cheerfull

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  18. Great adaptation of that sailor! Those older Red Wagon books just keep calling out don’t they? Your dedication to making those blocks is impressive. I remember so well that as much as we love the designs, the instructions and applications for many of the quilts was not well thought out...I even took a workshop years ago from Gerry Kimmel and we were winging it through the entire weekend...but lots of fun!

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  19. That does look like a tricky block! Good to see you make it come together so well!

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  20. Great job on that block! When you mentioned the book it was from, I had to take another look at it as it was not something I remembered from it. What strikes me now about a lot of the designs is that many are perfect for paper or free piecing. Everything old is truly new again!

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