Monday, March 9, 2009

Hand me down rails

While attending a local Quilt show, I noticed wooden ladders made to display quilts. Some were very nicely done in the finest of woods. I didn't have the extra $$ to buy one on that day, but kept thinking how nice it would look in my cottage living room.

When I came home, I decided to look in the garage for the old baby crib we had stored away. It was still in fairly good condition, even though it has been several years since being used. I cleaned up one of the rails and draped this quilt over it.

This is the only quilt that I did not make myself. I found this one at an antique store, stuck way in the bottom of a shelf. The lady must have been anxious to get rid of it, because I asked her if she would take less for it, and she jumped at the price I submitted. It is a hand made quilt, although not old. But I liked the blues and thought it would go well in the cottage.

Speaking of recycling things, Moda Lissa is having a drawing for her collection of Selvages.
I cannot tell you how many miles of selvages I have thrown away since starting to quilt 25 years ago! Who would have thought that there is so much creativity out there in the quilting world. I really love what Lissa shared about adding selvage to her backing -

"I like to sew a piece of the selvage on the back as I am adding the binding. I then whip stitch it down to the back of the quilt. What does this do? Mainly it just helps me remember what collection was used in the particular quilt. I don't use this as the label but it does document the quilt for historians down the road.

Also check out Karen ( Griska as she is having a give a way too.

See aren't quilters so clever and creative!!

(p.s. if someone can tell me how to inbed these sites, I would really appreciate the help)


Magicaldamselfly said...

OK highlight the site on you nav bar and then hit ctrl C, then while your writing your blog you can type their name or their site name and hight lite that then go up to the top where you will see a little thing that looks like a paper clip run your pointer over it and it should say link click on it and a box will open you can then click on it and then click ctrl V and it will put the name of the site you want to link to and whalla you should have it.

Magicaldamselfly said...

Here are better instructions straight from blogger



Cindy said...

I see how someone told you how to put links in your blog.

I wanted to comment on how cool an idea it is to put a piece of the selvage on the back of your quilts. I'd have never thought of that.

Who would of thought in their wildest dreams that selvages would be "fun" to create with. I understand Moda will be coming out with them to sell. Wonder if this is true.

Lisa Marie said...

I love your idea with the Crib rail for quilts. I found an old wooden step ladder that my Grandfather used, and I have a number of quilts draped on it in my living room. I love it! When we are in the LR reading we can just go to the ladder and grab a quilt to cuddle under.