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Sweet Dreams

Cakestand quilt, C19-20, Illinois, USA

One of the things I love about being a quilter, is that despite the snow and cold, I'm always toasty warm at night because of the quilt on my bed. Sometimes it's a quilt that I've made, but currently it's this beauty - a Cakestand quilt from the late 19th / early 20th century which I recently bought. It's called a cutter quilt, because several blocks have perished fabrics, but it's still gorgeous, with superb hand quilting and has come up a treat after a recent wash.

So, this thought has inspired a Hometown competition. Follow my feed on Instagram or Facebook (just click on the links at the bottom of the page) and like the competition post. Then simply post a photo of your own bed and quilt with the hashtag #quiltonmybed. I'll pick a winner on 31/3/18 and you'll receive a £20 Hometown gift voucher to spend as you like.

T&C: The quilt can be one that you've sewn or that you've bought from another quilter (please then credit the maker) or an old quilt. And if you swap quilts mid-month, you can enter again! All entrants give permission for their photo to be published on the Hometown website, Facebook page and/or Instagram page.

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Falling off the Wagon...

Oops... confession time. I've just bought another quilt. How on earth did that happen? Well, I've been sorting through my old quilts in preparation for a talk to a local quilt group in March. And I was doing some online research ... which led to a well known auction site ... where there was an old quilt up for grabs ... and the bids were finishing in 18 minutes. Need I say more! I'll report back when the box arrives from Scotland.

Meanwhile, trying to sort through my quilt collection and just pick some (I am thinking about the available space and suspension in my little car) is like trying to pick your favourite child - they are all nice and all have their merits; even if others don't appreciate them! I think I've narrowed it down to twenty - I don't want to bore the socks off the quilters present. In the meantime the picture here is of a small cutter piece I have, appropriately called the 'Wheel' pattern. This little beauty dates from the 1930s. It's such an unusual design - all hand pieced with tiny hand quilting. It's an intriguing pattern with 4 blocks arranged around an octagon. The solid apricot spokes are surrounded by wheels in a variety of floral feedsacks. And before you ask, cutter pieces never count as quilt purchases; since they're only little, usually a bit worse for wear and someone needed to give them a good home.

 

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