I never saw a day go by so fast in my entire life. Oh well, I had fun putting together this quilt top, starting with a set of old star blocks from....the 40s or thereabouts. They were hand-stitched and carefree in their dimensions and wavy in their flying geesies, so it was quite the project forcing them into the prescribed 7-3/4" finished block size :-). I decided to ignore their time period and set them with a Carrie's Madders from Blue Hill (c.1870), then added a border from Steamer Trunk Treasures (c.1840), added a narrow border from Paula Barnes' French Quarter (I guess also c.1840?) and finally a wide border from Windham's Hearthstone (Winterthur pattern). I only had a bit of the French Quarter, so was piecing it every 15 inches. The light-colored blocks are seersucker and the orange ones have bright thread detail woven in.
I made the brownish one at lower left from a Lecien fabric to round out the group. I'd like to get this quilted right away, so it is a Real Live Quilt, not just a top. Close-up:
Now isn't this the dearest little box? It was made by a lady in Ohio and I got it at an excellent shop of all-American-made crafts in Old Norcross called Abbygayle's. I wish I had gotten a picture of the shop owner; she was great and has a great look. So does her shop: it is in a tiny cottage with a few tiny rooms minimally furnished with good stuff like the pincushion with the standing mouse on it, homey linens, folk dolls, etc.
won Maggie Bonanomi's Settler's Pride pattern from susi ; thank you, Susi! I've wanted this pattern ever since it came out; the really strange thing is that I knew as I left my comment that I was going to win. As Daphne used to say coyly, "I'm a little psychic" lol: