Friday, October 3, 2014

Pot Holder Charm

I was so inspired by Kathie's (Inspired by Antique Quilts) recent posts of her fabulous charm quilt that I wanted to share a few of mine with you. I made the first two last Fall while recovering from surgery. Hence, I called this first one "My Charming Recovery". It has 3,072 different reproduction prints (1 1/2" finished squares) in it. The blocks are 12", quilted and bound and then whipped together.

The back is fun too with hand appliqued circles in the centers.

Her's a close up of the back

And this one has 2,940 different fabrics and is made up of 1" finished squares in 10" blocks.

the back has different conversational reproductions

People ask me where I get my fabrics. I buy 99.99 percent of my fabrics from the Busy Thimble in Litchfield, Maine. I am so fortunate to have such a fabulous shop only 35 minutes from my house, but I am even more fortunate to have Cyndi for a friend. She is such an inspiration!!! If you ever come close to Litchfield, I highly recommend a visit. In 1999 I started cutting a 5" strip from each fabric I brought home. I now have over 3,700 different fabrics in boxes waiting for more charm quilts. (We won't discuss how many I have which date earlier than that). I also have over 1500 different vintage feedsack prints from which this quilt was made.

It is fun to get into the charm quilt spirit. I hope Kathie has inspired you to start cutting up your collection too! 


Karen said...

I have always liked charm quilts. So many interesting fabrics to look at and study. And to remember my stash.

Sue said...

Welcome to blog land Wendy. I have just read all your posts and love all your quilts. I am intrigued by your pot holder quilts. I have never heard of this before. Would it be what we call quilt as you go - QAYG ? Whatever -they look like a great way to make a large quilt. If you put on the sidebar of you blog a 'follow me ' thingy people can be notified ever time you add a post. ☺

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Sue, Thanks for your comments and encouragement. I have tied to figure out how to link to my favorite Blogs but I am a slow learner when it comes to technology! I'd rather be quilting. Pot holder quilts are different from regular quilt as you go in that they are all individually finished quilts before putting them together. In other words, if you took a pot holder quilt apart you would have lots of little finished quilts.

The Quilted Finish said...

I am delighted to have been introduced to your blog by Kathie from Inspired by Antique Quilts (my favourite blog). I have spent a wonderful hour or more, eek, looking at and reading about your lovely quilts. You have wet my appetite to read more on the history of pot holder quilts. I look forward to following your quilting journey.

The Quilted Finish said...

Oh, I forgot to mention I just love the back of the first charm quilt, it would be a gorgeous quilt in its own right!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thank you for your kind comments. I do love the back of that one too. I went to your Blog as well and love your Benjamin Briggs blocks. That one is now on my bucket list!

Sally said...

OMG Wendy! You put those conversationals on the back???? That would be the front to me! I really must try a 'potholder' quilt one of these days! (have you asked Cyndi if she has some conversationals hiding somewhere in the shop??)

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