Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Fun, Vintage Find - Orphaned Quilt Blocks

Ty and I went to a few garage sales this weekend, and I found a quilter! She really is a quilter, so she was not parting with stash, but she did have a stack of nine old blocks that were sold for $1.00. These are from an exchange in the 80's. Some have the quilter's date of birth, like my favorite one, pictured above. Isn't it sweet? This next one is not signed, but oh, so cute.
I actually did a quick search online to see if I could not find any of these quilter's. I am not real great at detective work, but I do think I may be able to get an address for this one..
How would you feel about receiving a block in the mail that you made some 30+ years ago? And would it bother you knowing that it never was completed? I thought maybe I could make a pillow with it, or a quick wall hanging.
Here is one all the way from New Zealand:

And one from Washington State, my old stomping grounds:-)
And the last one from the swap is a Purple Hexie:
They are really great workmanship, although all the background fabrics are very very lightweight. I think one is muslin, which is a bit sturdier.

This next one I found interesting too. It is a bit 3D - the edges are folded over, not at the seam, but 1/4" from it so as to form 'flaps'. It was only partially finished, hand-stitched on a muslin foundation with penciled gridlines.

I do love a good save, so I added a two more rounds to make it 6.5", and will mail this in to the Add-a-Border Robin I participate with.

Sharing these today with those partying with Lyn for BOMs Away, and with Jen for Building Blocks Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by and hope yours is a great & sunny week!


  1. I love those! I think the first one is my favorite. I love a good Sunbonnet Sue, but I think that first one is like 'pre-teen Sue'.
    I think it's great that you may be able to contact the quilter. I think it will be fun. I hope you will share the story with us if you find her!

  2. What a great find!! I have a soft spot for Sunbonnet Sue. The furst one is extra cute!! Imagine if you found the quilter of the block? I think she'd be pleased you looked her up.

  3. What a find, Heidi! Make them into a quilt.

  4. What a charming find! And for a dollar, how could you possibly walk away from them? That would be super fun to whip up a pillow or such and mail it to the maker if you can verify the address - I think it would tickle me to get something like that decades later.

  5. Gorgeous blocks! I just love them all.

    Thanks for linking up!


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