Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vintage Thingie Thursday: Vintage Quilt Blocks - Can you identify the block??

Today, I'd like to share with you some vintage quilt blocks that were a Christmas gift from my mom this year. Now, I have got to say, I was surprised she picked these out for me, but I can honestly say, I truly love them. They are unique in design and the fabrics are wonderful.

Each block measures about 10 1/2 X 10 1/2 square. Of course, the blocks need to be squared and they will be ready to be turned into a quilt. There are 33 total of these blocks, each different.

The fabric is in wonderful condition. Each block is hand stitched and very detailed. I need to decide how to finish them into a quilt. I wonder if the original quilter would have sewn them together, like shown, or sashed with fabric then join the blocks together. And if sashing is used, what color would she have used? Such decisions.

I have never seen this block before.....so if you are reading this and have any idea on the name of the block, I'd love to hear from you. Also, any suggestions on finishing this quilt top would be great too. Don't you love all the fabrics?

Thanks mom for a great and thoughtful gift. These blocks just make me happy and I can not wait to turn them into a beautiful quilt.

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46 comments:

  1. Those look awesome! What a beautiful quilt they will be! :)
    ~Maggie

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  2. What an incredibly thoughtful gift. The fabrics are great, can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  3. cool gift! I would sash! not that I sew, I'm just "seeing" a better finished quilt. Love ya! Janna

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  4. That is an Amish Dahlia or Missouri Daisy, depending on which source you use. The pattern called M.D. was printed on batting packages in the 60's when my Grandmother used it to make a quilt for me. Unfortunately I lost that quilt in a housefire in 1984. Several years ago I discovered enough blocks already cut out by her to make another. You can read the whole story of my quilt and see pics of it on my blog. Just search for "Amish Dahlia" in the search box or click on the label on the right hand side.

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  5. I love all the different fabrics. They are very colorful. I think it needs sashes, but it might be hard to find a good color.

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  6. Your quilt squares are awesome. What a beautiful quilt.

    I have so many vintage postings, I was planning on asking if I could link more than one a week but then I came over and re-read your rules..One per week. OK..that suits me. :)))
    hugs, bj

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  7. What a Beautiful quilt this is going to be and what a Beautiful present this was... How many times did you arrange and rearrange the squares???hehe That's a decision in itself!!! I would sash it to get MORE of a good thing. AND MAYBE have your Mom help you pick out the material, seeing as she gave you the gift???
    I'm anxious to see the finished project! LUCKY YOU!!!
    Warm Winter Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  8. Wow, Suzanne, this is going to be stunning when completed. I love the rich, vibrant colors. It's amazing all the detail, time and work that goes into this. I was wondering, like Donna above, how many times you rearranged the squares!?! I look forward to seeing this when you're done! It's really lovely.

    Nancy

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  9. Hi Suzanne, What pretty intresting blocks. We are always on the hunt for quilts we actually use them during the winter. For us its better to hunt for the quilt since we dont sew. LOL Thank You for hosting today........Julian

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  10. Wow what amazing blocks! I hope you will post a picture when you finish it.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  11. A beautiful and extraordinary gift! I think I'd like sashing to break the blocks up a bit(so you can focus on each one) and I think I would probably use a lighter tone of the green of the background blocks. I'm sure you will find what's perfect for your liking!

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  12. Such great colors and wonderful to be from your Mom! Hopefully you can find someone to finish it. Not familiar with the pattern at all?

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  13. What a difference it makes seeing all the squares together as opposed to single ones. It really looks great. This will be one you should keep. Anything to do with the Amish is a keeper to me. That lady's comment is correct. Be sure to check her out. It is beautiful.

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  14. these are really pretty, the flower petal thingy is so unique. i'm not a quilter so i can't help you with the pattern but i did enjoy seeing them!
    mary

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  15. What a wonderful, beautiful quilt those blocks will make! I just love the flower within the star look. Yes, I think sashing would be best. What color, gee that's the tough part. I have no problem with green and yellow, but it's not for everyone. Can't wait to see how it looks finished!

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  16. Suzanne...what wonderful quilt blocks!! I am not recognizing the pattern but sure to appreciate that someone put in a lot of work....wow!!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  17. The quilt blocks are lovely and hand stitched makes makes them even more special! A lovely gift.

    Thanks for hosting another nice party!

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  18. Your quilt blocks are beautiful. I would put them together without using fabric between them to keep the material all the same age. If you just finish the edges without actually batting and backing it will keep it's value and then you could use it as a cover in the summer.

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  19. WOW..i'm speechless!! they are GORGEOUS Suzanne, lucky you!!! i LOVE the green background and i think you definitely will have to include sashing. i would suggest a solid dark fabric, like navy or black which would frame the floral blocks beautifully & make them POP!

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  20. Those blocks will make a gorgeous quilt! I love the colors!!

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  21. Thanks for hosting this linky party. I love looking at vintage "thingies."

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  22. What a nice gift! Such fancy blocks!

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  23. The blocks are beautiful. This block is a classic Dahlia Star. Enjoy. I am truly jealous! ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  24. Fabulous Suzanne. I do not know the pattern but I love it. Just put them together the way they are, unless you can find vintage fabric to use. I adore the colors. Have fun with this project.

    Hugs, Jeanne

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  25. Great gift! I have never seen this block before, it is beautiful and a lot of work!

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  26. Hey, Suzanne. I have a quilt of those blocks that I inherited from my Grandmother. I found the block pattern once and it was called a sunflower or sunflower star. I'm sure it has a lot of names like all other blocks. Mine is sashed. Unfortunately, the maker used a very thin (I could read through it) poly to sash the beautiful cotton blocks and backed it with the same poly and a poly batting that I can see through the back. I'd love to take it apart and try again. We'll have to see, tho. Enjoy it. You have a true treasure there. Lane

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  27. I just love quilts! These are so lovely!

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  28. What a wonderful gift your mother gave you. They will make a beautiful quilt. I see where someone identified the pattern for you. A lovely block.

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  29. I noticed quilary mentioned a lighter color of green and that was what I was gonna suggest. This is beautiful. We have a consignment shop in our town and one of the booth owner's has a booth full of quilted pieces all cut and packaged ready to be put together. She has done hundreds of quilts and finally decided to get rid of her stash to go on to something else. I hit that place and sometimes use the pieces for ModPodging bowls, cups and all kinds of things. There are some beautiful items in today links.
    QMM

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  30. Suzanne, these blocks are absolutely beautiful! Glad someone could answer what the pattern was. I think I would add sashing too. Have a wonderful day, blessings, Nan

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  31. Hi Suzanne: I have blocks exactly like these. My mother had them in her stack of UFO's when she passed away, 15 years ago. I havent pulled them out in years. I should do something with them. You have inspired me.

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  32. Beautiful quilt blocks. I love the colors.

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  33. The quilt blocks are wonderful, Suzanne. What a thoughtful gift! I love the colors ... so cheerful. I hope you post "after" pictures when it's all assembled. I'm a new follower and I look forward to reading more in the days to come. Thanks for hosting this fun party.
    Best to you,
    Lynn @ Cottage and Creek

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  34. I'm from Missouri, and I believe that pattern is called Missouri Daisy--

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  35. What a beautiful and colorful quilt-I've not seen anything like it~!

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  36. Exquisite quilt blocks! Now to get them together to warm the body as well as the heart and soul! I was too late for this week's vintage Thursday but will try it next week. Intersting array of posts...lots of vintage here in our home

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  37. I'm hopping into the party a bit late, but wanted to share my finds from my thrift store run this evening. Gotta love a fab find and these were too good to leave behind.

    Thanks for the link up! xo Jeanne.
    http://beeskneesbungalow.blogspot.com/

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  38. What a lovely gift. I think its a Dahlia Block. I remember my grandmother had a quilt like that. Hers was a giant dahlia in the center of a quilt.

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  39. Those blocks will make a beautiful and unique quilt. Your Mom is a doll!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  40. Oh my, Suzanne, these are so pretty. What a great gift. Adorable and I've never seen that design. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  41. Suzanne, a friend of mine--Phyllis Smith Parkinson--a follower of your blog, suggested I check out this particular entry and I'm so glad I did.

    Seven years ago, for my 40th birthday, my parents brought to me a bag of old quilt pieces and an almost completed quilt top that my grandmother had been working on for over 40 years (since before I was born and before she died). It was made up of a very similar star pattern to what you show here. All done by hand and then quilted onto a very basic yellow muslin. My grandmother wasn't really a quilter...more of a dabbler... the stitches were uneven, the fabric mismatched... it was a hot mess. My mother begged me to complete the quilt my grandmother started. I didn't know how or even if I could... the squares weren't even square! I put it away and for months never thought about it... but one day, I pulled it out again and got busy. I finally finished it in 2008. It isn't perfectly square and there are lots of places where corners don't meet and the stars are all different sizes... But I cherish it because it came from grandmother. I hope you find a way to finish yours, too. It will mean a lot to you, I bet!

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  42. Hi Suzanne,
    Great blocks! What a terrific gift!

    I don't remember the name of the pattern but I do know its a Kansas City Star pattern...I think they have a website-it may list their patterns.

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  43. What a wonderful gift Suzanne! These blocks are gorgeous. I love the twisted petals inside. I have never seen that before!

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  44. Oh, I'm so glad you posted these! I inherited two blocks very much like these & have been wondering what pattern they were. Your commenters have been very helpful. :)

    Can't wait to see how you put them all together!

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  45. Amish Dahlia might be the name

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