QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cabin Fever?


Snowed in?

Here's a quilt therapy idea.
Start stitching half-square triangles.

Moda Candy precuts (2-1/2") will give you half-squares that finish to 1 5/8".

Charm packs cut to 5" will give you finished 4-1/8" squares.

Start piecing.
Worry about what to make with them later. Do 20 a day until you see a daffodil.

Here are some ideas when you have a giant stack.

About 1880-1910

About 1880-1920

About 1880-1910

About 1880-1910






From the Lowndes County Historical Museum in Georgia. See 
their collection online here:


Amish, About 1890-1930

If you live in Minnesota you could get a lot done.


Japanese woodcut by Momoyogusa

Let's hope your winter doesn't last this long.



Impera Magna said...

Love it! I regularly do sewing/quilting therapy and this project would be a perfect one to have on hand.

What beautiful quilts to inspire one to use all those HSTs as well!

Thanks for posting this...

Sunny Slope Farm said...

Inspiring photos! My hat is off to each of those quilt creators. I like your thoughts between the photos, especially the hope that our winter doesn't last "that long."

A different question: In your research have you come across "knitting ribbon" by Bernat or Unger? A friend gave me some and I'm just starting to check it out.

Barbara Brackman said...

Sunny-don't know a thing about knitting or ribbon.

Sue said...

Bahahaha! It *has* been a long winter and I just loved this post. What a great grouping of quilts, too. Thank you for the inspiration!

WoolenSails said...

Staying inside and sewing is the best way to spend the day in the winter. I have been getting more small precuts, fun to work with and make mini quilts too.


Fran├žoise said...

Thanks for the tongue in cheek. And the beautiful pics ofcourse.

Janet said...

Daffodils bloom in May where I live - I bet I could get a few made :0) What great quilts for inspiration - Thanks!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Ay-yi-yi! I do live in Minnesota, so I should have no problem getting the 488 HST's I need to finish my Bonnie Hunter Mystery AND the 388 I need for Kathy Schmitz's Simply Red! I may need to do more than 20 a day though....

MoonBeam said...

Great cabin fever post. There's definitely some of that going on here.


Denny1600 said...

Made me laugh!

Julie Vernon said...

On some of the quilts, you would have to truly enjoy triangles! Imagine making just one of these.

My winter project has been starting a Dear Jane Quilt --- of course, Barbara your fabrics come in very handy and look wonderful. The blocks are pieced or appliqued, 4.5" sq finished.

What if we didn't quilt? How terrible a thought!!!
Smiles, JulieinTN

Sujata Shah said...

Lovely inspirations,Thank you!
I can see myself getting lost here. This winter may very well be the one when I should choose to make one of my own inspired by these quilts.

Helen said...

You inspired me to make some HST's and I just finished a baby quilt top. Hope to get shoveled out of here before I go any larger....

Sandra said...

2nd to last quilt is part of the Starley antique quilt collection and has the Centennial word print and several 1880's steel engraving conversation prints.