13 January, 2012

Zuster Quilts . . .

I love to study antique quilts! They are great inspiration for me when I am planning a new quilt, or two, like the ones included here.

Have you ever noticed how often quilts from the 1920s and 1930s seem so bright and cheerful?  Those characteristics seemed like the perfect jumping off point when I started planning two big girl quilts for our granddaughters.  At the ages of 3 and 5 it was time for them to move up to bunk beds in the room they share.  When little girls get new beds it gives Oma the perfect excuse to make them new quilts!

The cheerful prints of 1930's reproduction fabrics were perfect for these two very energetic young ladies. Their dispositions are always bright and cheery, except on the few occasions they are temporarily upset about something.  Their hugs are warm and make us feel wonderful, just like quilts.

My inspiration for these special quilts came the many 1930's era scrap quilts I have seen over the years.  While both quilts were made of the same reproduction fabrics, I opted to make them just a little different.  One quilt is made up of  six inch Eight Point Star blocks; the other quilt is made of Uneven Nine Patch blocks.  To link them forever, just like sisters, each quilt includes one block of the other.  Zuster Quilts! 

Both quilts are being lovingly hand quilted using a needle held by my Bernina 150 sewing machine.  The centers of the quilts are quilted with diagonal grids spaced just over one inch apart.  The scrappy borders are filled with feathers that have been dressed up with a variety of designs. Because sisters seem to always be going in opposite directions the feathers around the borders do the same.

These quilts were supposed to be completed in time for Christmas (2011), however, a few of life's little interventions made a timely delivery impossible.  With a little luck they will be on their way to the girls soon...

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