Thursday, October 04, 2007

Spinning Plates

Spinning Plates 2

Well, out with the new and in with the old, er uh, something like that. I just really get so lucky sometimes. Last weekend was one of those times. I've been on the hunt for vintage quilt materials, either untouched, cut or pieced and I found all three. I paid about 15$ for a big ziploc full of what looked like mostly scraps and a few sewn things.

Spinning Plates 1

Then I found more bright shiny bags that I couldn't resist and bought about 5 of them. All full of I didn't know what exactly at the time. Just knew it was just really pretty on the outside and didn't even open them till I got home. Inside the largest one was 18 Dresden plates already pieced except for the circular centers and their square foundation. Hand pieced. I don't have a lot of favorite quilt motifs except I have always really loved the Dresden plate, so I was thrilled. 9 of the plates are about 18" wide and the other 9 of them are about 15" wide. There are also lots of stacks of already cut "blades" for more plates. Juliana has her eye on them for her bed. Not that she wants to make it (the quilt or her bed). Ahem. Wonder who'll get to do that. Is it weird to feel guilty for planning to machine piece the rest? Seems like I should be hand piecing in order to realize its original intention. Although, I imagine I'll hand applique all the plates down. There, guilt covered. Makes me wonder who started it. I wonder why it was abandoned.

Squares

In a smaller bag there was just tons and tons and tons of tiny squares. I keep going through them to find a new favorite. They're all so ridiculously happy and optimistic its hard not to be affected by it. Charming, so charming, all of them! Ack.

Stacks

What a happy stack of stuff. What a metaphor. I find my tasks piling up kinda like this. Filled with good things, but for now, a lot of unfinished edges, all begging with an equally loud voice "write me", "draw me", "schedule me", design me", "sew me", "clean me", "read me", "cook me" and so on. All sweet familiar voices, though. They all belong here. xoAM

51 comments:

  1. Lucky You! My daughter had a Dresden Plate quilt on her bed for many years-I had found the top at an antique store and quilted it. It's a happy pattern.

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  2. Wonderful!!! Can't believe those fabrics!! lucky you!!

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  3. That little square with the hearts, and flowers and the heart-bottomed man? Awesome.

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  4. I have been reading your blog for the past year and always find it so inspiring! I am an art teacher in Georgia and the "blog world" has not only kept my own creativity flowing but has inspired art lessons for my primary age students. Thank you! My brother and his family are moving to the Nashville area soon. He just got a job to build a new golf course. Do you like the schools? Congrats on your flea market treasures. I bought a bag of gorgeous tulle scraps last weekend...what the heck am I going to do with them? :)Take Care!
    Bess

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  5. what a wonderful find!

    i too have those same voices talking to me. :o)
    lori

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  6. fantastic finds!!
    can't wait to see what you do with them!!

    and i totally go through things like that looking for my favorite. sometimes i stare at all my stacked fabric and just think about who is my favorite fabric of the day. hope that isn't toally bizarre.

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  7. Oh AM! I adore dresden plates! I just made some a few weeks ago out of some reproduction fabrics. They look great! I haven't made the circles yet, nor the foundation background.....because Im thinking seriously of using YO YO's instead of circles. I love yo yo's too...
    What pretty dresden plates you found. I can't wait to see the finished product (eventually).

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  8. Oh Anna Maria!!!!! How fun! I love the colors and patterns! You lucked out!

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  9. what a gold mine of a find!!

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  10. Lucky you! These are fabulous! I am sure whoever started the Dresden plate would be thrilled you are rescuing them from a bag, even if the rest do get machine pieced.

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  11. Oh my, what a wonderful find!

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  12. Sandi Henderson3:06 PM

    Oh I love not opening things until I get home. I don't think I have ever regretted the purchase and the anticipation of what I will find is so so fun. I usually sit on the bed with Eliza after all the chores, dinner etc.. are done and we sift through everything. What fun!

    Sandi

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  13. I believe you will do honor to the unfinished quilt... no matter how you do it. What a delightful collection you've discovered. I am kind of happy to see it in your capable hands, and not mine, because my list of "finish me" voices is equally long... sweet and familiar, but oh, so long!
    Here's one more voice (hopeful-not demanding): Show us what you come up with when these new/old projects are complete!

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  14. This post (well the last of it) seems to be my fall in a nice nut shell. Wish my life was like the first part of your post *smile* what a find!

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  15. What a score! Those same voices are talking to me right now and I blog to put them off. Better start listening!

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  16. This is not the first time and probably not the last I wonder why I can't be you... what a treasure! and I'm certain you'll do great things out of these.

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  17. I gasped when seeing those dresden plates. Perfection! I'm soooo jealous!
    Cece

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  18. Anna Maria you are such a ray of sunshine! I have the same voices, but recently they've been so nagging, making me a little crazy. The way you put it...it sounds so lovely. Like it might all get accomplished in this lifetime!

    About machine piecing the blocks...I have machine quilted a few vintage quilt tops. I don't see anything wrong with it, in fact I kind of imagine the original maker smiling down at me. Happy that I am treasuring her work!

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  19. Oh that is so awesome!! A few months ago I got a HUGE tub of vintage fabric at a yardsale for $15...and found 3 mostly completed quilt tops inside and a ton of things that were hand pieced together as well. Also a bunch of grandmothers flower garden blocks. I just sit and look at them and admire. That's not even touching the probably 100 yards of fabric that was in the thing as well. LOVE finds like that!!!

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  20. What a score! They are so vintage-perfect. I know what you mean about the voices. Sweet familiar voices.

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  21. Anonymous11:57 PM

    I think it's wonderful that you will be able to bring to fruition the work that another woman started long ago.
    I wouldn't feel the least bit guilty about hand piecing them.

    I love buying plastic bags of stuff from the thrift store and finding all the hidden treasures. It's so fun!

    ~elaine~

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  22. anna,

    love your work and fabrics so much! wish i could have some of the pattern someday..hope those online store selling your pattern willing to ship to my country.

    recently i was so into embroidery stitches. One of my colleague introduce it to me without knowing that my mil also one of the fan!
    your works are so inspiring!

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  23. what a beautiful find! I would be overwhelmed by all the material. I can't wait to see what you do with it all :)

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  24. Mary Nebel3:25 AM

    Oh, what a perfect find !!

    Now, what about that red box ? Was that also a "find"? IT'S talking to me !!

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  25. I love the dresden plate pattern so much I used to think if I had a daughter it would be her middle name :) Dresden that is...not plate LOL!

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  26. Looks like you hit the jackpot! Look forward to seeing what you will create with these!

    Jill

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  27. What a great find! How fun! One of my favorite quilts is a dresden plate quilt that my grandma made for me many years ago.

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  28. WOw! I want to get lucky like that. Those fabrics are awesome too.

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  29. I wonder too about others abandoned projects funny how I sometimes don't consider my own unfinished projects that similar to yours end up in little piles. Lovely finds!

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  30. I absolutly love your box of treasures, I have one quite similar (on my blog under antique quilts). I often take them out just to look and finger through the vintage fabric.

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  31. Wow, you hit the mother lode!! Way to go.

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  32. And I know that the best voice of all is the one that says "hug me"--and that request gets taken care of immediately. Your kids (and hubby) are just as lucky as these fabrics to have you in their lives--me too!
    Mom

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  33. I just love those happy little squares!

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  34. What a beautiful find. I too also adore dresdan plates and understand your contemplation between machine or hand sewing. It almost seems to be a dis-service to the orignal piece(s) to finish them mechanically... but then my reason always takes over and I use the machine. Enjoy!

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  35. OMG! How wonderful! (and no guilt about the machine piecing the rest of the dresden plates -- hand applique is more than enough!).

    And those squares -- oh my, I'd want to just dive in and play!!!

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  36. Geesh, who gets rid of stuff like that! Lucky you indeed--they are delightful!! Enjoy them. :)

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  37. Wow!Wish I had thrift stores like that near me!Happy quilting!x

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  38. I'm with you on the Dresden plates. It's one of my favorites; usually color is much more important to me than pattern in a quilt, but there's something about the Dresden plate that just leaves me sighing at the loveliness. I'm thinking of making a quilt like that for my daughter's "big girl" bed, but am afraid I'll feel the need to do it all by hand (oh, scary thought!) and that it will turn into a wedding gift for my daughter instead!

    Congratulations on the great find!

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  39. What a find!! That is so much fun to find an unexpected treasure. I can't wait to see what you do with it all.
    Joni

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  40. Ohhhhh- LUCKY find! Goodness! I'm jealous! Hand pieced! wow wow wow!!!!!

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  41. What fun!!! Such pretty fabrics and oh I'm so jelous of your quilt finds!!

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  42. what an exciting find! i especially like the little squares of goodness!

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  43. Super!
    My mom does Dresden Plates in an oval shape and makes place mats.
    Good luck with your treasures.

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  44. Happy, Happy find. I can't wait to see what you make with them. Lucky you.

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  45. When my mama was a little girl, her aunt Jane, for whom she was named, started a "string" quilt for her. Aunt Jane didn't live to finish it. Mama kept the squares in her cedar chest for many years, and occasionallly they would turn up during a search for baby clothes, jewelry, or the family bridal veil. I finally assembled the squares into a lap quilt for Mama for Christmas a couple of years ago. It's wonderful that you have the opportunity to complete a project started by another woman many years ago.

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  46. oh gravy. i just now got a chance to see the photos on your last few posts, and WOW!!

    the things i miss by having a firewall at my work that blocks your pictures. hmph.

    also, you MUST tell me a surefire way to cut fabric evenly. i have a rolling cutter, and a mat, and a plastic quilt square thingie, but i only really bought them because they were on supersale and have no idea how to use them!! help!

    <33

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  47. What treasures! I'm getting ready to start a Dresden Plate quilt. It's been on my mind forever and I'll be doing it all by hand but only because I'm afraid of the sewing machine.

    I don't think the original maker of the plates would mind you sewing by machine. Maybe she didn't have one, maybe she just really enjoyed the hand piecing of the plates and when it came time to add the center she decided she'd had enough, had her fun, time for someone else to turn them into a quilt. Maybe it's all about passing it along, sharing the joy.

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  48. What a fun group of fabrics! It's so nice to have so many little pieces, what stories they could tell.

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  49. sugarshop (Dena)8:47 AM

    oooh can't wait to see the finished product!

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