Friday, March 13, 2015

Time Warp


My favorite stars to date. Love that yellow! First with a little Prussian blue background.


Then with a little "illuminary" c1890  we call them neon today 


and one more for good measure


You will notice that I have kept with Barbara's suggestion of trying to think like a 19th century quilter. Using ever scrid (yes, that is an actual word, at least in my vocabulary) of fabric (even if the direction is wrong) in order to fit it into my block. Of course that means that where you see a point chopped off or a seam that doesn't quite match, I have done it intentionally because, after all, I like to follow rules LOL.

AS I mentioned in my last post, I do love these yellows and have quite a few in my stash. I have found that they are almost always printed with a bit of red in them. ( A quick note on how lucky I am to have a good friend (Cyndi) who owns the quilt shop where I buy 99% of my fabrics. (Busy Thimble), Litchfield, Maine. If you will notice the two fabrics on the left are similar prints (based on a true antique fabric that I have in my possession, but couldn't locate this morning) from different manufacturers. When the fabric on the far left arrived at Busy Thimble it was almost neon bright. Cyndi took it all of the bolt, softly overdyed it, washed and ironed it and put it back on the bolt (with proper documentation!). Now that is dedication to true reproductions! This one is now much closer in color to the actual antique print. Lucky me!!


You can occasionally find them without red, but then I love them all!!






20 comments:

  1. Love your star blocks and the lovely yellow quilts you shared yesterday as well. That yellow just adds a spark!

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    1. Thanks. I had such fun making those little quilts.

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  2. Wonderful collection of yellows and your stars always "pop", good work!

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    1. Thanks Vic. It's easy when it is my favorite.

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  3. I love the yellow and blue star blocks! Its difficult to find reproduction fabrics in my area and almost impossible to find a chrome yellow. I had no idea there were so many available.

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  4. I cannot believe she went thru that to make that fabric more accurate. Love your blocks and they are on my agenda for today!

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    1. That's Cyndi for you! She really goes the extra mile.

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  5. I think Chrome yellow is very difficult to find (in France of course !) But yours are soooo cute !

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    1. Hope you can find some. I have some Pierre Deux fabrics that are chrome yellow so hopefully you can find some of those.

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  6. Your fabric choices for the stars are awesome, again! Love the yellow over-dyed fabric! If you come across your vintage yellow, I'd like to see them side by side, please.
    And, another star finish and it's again not Tuesday!!! :)

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    1. I am on a roll! I don't want to say too much in case this week bogs me down!

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  7. very nice collection and nice little stars too!

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    1. Thanks Grace. Hope you will bring all of yours to the show this year so I can see them in person.

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  8. Wendy, I had completely forgotten about dyeing the yellow! Pretty sure I used Rit tan dye for the "tea-dyeing" .......that would have been a Lot of Tea!! Often I say "tea-dye" when I should say Rit dye! Color is about the same!

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    1. well, whatever you used, we all appreciated it!

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  9. This post is so helpful to me. If these softer yellows count as chrome yellow (I don't have any of that really bright greenish almost neon stuff) then I should be able to find some scraps in my stash. Your blocks are fabulous!

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    1. Cynthia, the yellows in the last photo were a bit washed out, but sometimes chrome yellow fades to a buttery look so they do work. Have fun!

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  10. This was your week for the color - great stars. I'm using the yellow in your last one -

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    1. I took a "Favorite color" test years ago and they said that if yellow was a sign of intelligence. Guess they can't be right all the time!

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