March 13, 2013

January 8, 2009 Favorite quilt blocks

Filed under: ◦Antique quilts,◦Fabrics,◦Vintage — sharon @ 12:33 pm

Are they still blocks if they are round? We bought a few of these, not enough for a whole quilt (if I could imagine how to make a whole quilt with these). One the seller had made into a round pillow, but I think it can be saved.
Round quilt block
The blocks appear to be from the 1880’s or 90’s, and share a few of the fabrics, including the red center and half round pieces. They measure about 23 inches in diameter.
Round quilt block
These must be a tour de force of piecing, but they seem to be precisely made and lie flat. There are 143 pieces in each, some great fabrics, too. One has a conversation print, what appears to be a town crier, in red on white in the outermost row.
Round quilt block
A proper mariner’s compass block should have eight points, not 6, so I’m not sure what to call these, but I think you’ll agree that they’re interesting.
Round quilt block
Hopefully someone with a better creative imagination than I can give me a good idea of how to use these….

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