Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Time to Make a Stars and Stripes Quilt

I think I'm going to make a Stars and Stripes Quilt.  I've made so many Union Jack quilts that it's not even funny any more.  I love the Union Jack and I love the Stars and Stripes.  Two iconic designs.


For those of you who only ever buy uber modern fabrics, this stack may come as a bit of a shock to the system.  Indigo Crossing Prints and Wovens by Minnick and Simpson for Moda.  You see in my dreams, I live in an old American house out in the midwest with bearskins on the floor, a roaring fire in the range, someone playing the banjo in the background and old quilts slung over the backs of enormous old sofas.  And, in my mind, this old stars and stripes quilt, made of indigos, creams and beige prints and wovens will fit right on into my imaginary home.


So tell me, what is your imaginary home like and what kind of quilts fit right on in there?!

30 comments:

  1. That sounds heavenly. I always wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder when I grew up.

    I'd like to be in a big old farmhouse with one of those old fashioned super puffy quilts filled with down.

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  2. Perfect! I had plans to figure out an Old Glory quilt myself for a future gift.

    My imaginary home is an old Amish farmhouse, of course filled with all those wonderful Amish quilts.

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  3. My dream house is ultra contemporary with clean lines and fabulous views of either large bodies of water or mountains, I'm not picky. There would be light rugs and furniture that stays pristine even though I have cats and kids and a bit of a grody husband.

    And the quilts would be snuggly and improv pieced in modern, clear colors.

    I'm not asking too much, am I?

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  4. My dream house is ultra contemporary with clean lines and fabulous views of either large bodies of water or mountains, I'm not picky. There would be light rugs and furniture that stays pristine even though I have cats and kids and a bit of a grody husband.

    And the quilts would be snuggly and improv pieced in modern, clear colors.

    I'm not asking too much, am I?

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  5. I have no idea what my dream house is anymore. I must be getting old! I think I've outgrown my dream house. Fortunately I still know where it is. It's by the beach. And there are lots of quilts and other textiles in it. I think it's style is eclectic, cause I love modern quilts and Minnick and Simpson!

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  6. I still have my book Little House on The Prairie, an aunt bought for me when I was 9. Over the years I've lost its' partner book Little House in The Big Woods. But I remember being fascinated by the pen and ink drawings.
    A cabin in the woods, with a roaring log fire, and quilts galore. Quilts in cotton sprig prints for Spring and Summer, and ticking and flannel for Autumn and Winter. I feel a book or at least another quilt in the making. I might even dig out Little House on the Prairie. I look forward to seeing your quilt!

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  7. When you say 'someone' playing the banjo, I presume you mean Steve Martin?

    As to my imaginary house, it would be your hell. 1930s, detached, full of 30s, 40s, 50s ceramics and assorted junk, lots of formica etc. The quilts would all be yours of course and very colourful.

    Do you feel queasy?

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  8. I hate to shatter your dream Lynne, but there were never any bears in the mid-west. Now if you change that to a buffalo skin you'll be alright... :)

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  9. My imaginary home is tidy! That's not going to happen in real life. I would love to live somewhere quirky like a windmill or an oast house. I don't have room to display quilts in my real home so I am planning to make a couple of smaller quilty items as wall hangings.

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  10. My dreamhouse would be anywhere in the dunes close to the beach overlooking the sea. It would be a very modern/contemporary house with long corridor walls where quilts would be displayed on the walls in beachy colours. The house needs lots of windows because I want to have a view in every room!

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  11. I'm not sure I even dare to say what mine would be like. A small Georgian rectory, on a Dorset cliff top with a very big flat lawn looking down to the coast. Decor would be as minimalist as I can get away with with four children and whilst every room would be filled with flowers there might not be a quilt in sight (well - as this is your blog - maybe just one!). No dust, no mess, no antiques and nothing that's not from Heal's. How different can 3 sisters be??? Feeling even queasier now?

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  12. I think you are going to have to come for a visit! My home is pretty much the description of your imaginary home, minus the bearskin, oh and the banjo.
    I have always believed that there is no such thing as a "bad" fabric. Pretty much any fabric can shine in the right spot.
    I made an uber traditional quilt from Minick and Simpson fabrics last year that screams "Americana." It is still one of my most favorites!

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  13. Oh God I have so many imaginary homes but I think one of the top favourites is a house at the bay of fires in Tasmania with a large patio upfront with a rocking chair over that a lovely quilt is flung just waiting for me to snuggle up under with a good book....sigh.....

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  14. Oh Lynne I'm so with you and to top it off I'd be a country and western singer!

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  15. My imaginary and my real house are so very different. For starters, the imaginary one is tidy and clean! With bright colors punctuating a white background. Flowers in vases. A mantelpiece. Art on the walls. Just natural fibers allowed, linen aplenty! Wools and cotton and the odd silk.

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  16. Tall ceilings, large windows, an ocean view, you know, sort of loft like. Very modern mixed with natural materials for warmth. Oh yes and lovely modern paintings and quilts....sigh.


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  17. I live in a French country home, with chickens in the yard and a huge garden. The quilts are all thrown over big, comfy furniture and there is an AGA cooker in the kitchen with a big pot as Boeuf Bourguignon simmering on the cooker.

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  18. Wow, you're right, I would never have guessed you picking that bundle of fabric, but I love it! I love everything vintage, so it would have to be some type of old victorian on a large plot of land although I do live in my pretty much dream home, minus the land :) Can't wait to see what you make!

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  19. I'm very fortunate to live in my dream home, which was custom designed to include all of my must-haves. It's a newer American home with both contemporary and traditional elements, located in the midwest on a large heavily wooded lot, such that it's secluded from the neighbors. I have a creek that attracts lots of wildlife. I have yet to see a bear, but black bears DO exist in other parts of the midwest. My house has a wood-burning fireplace and YES lots of quilts. Best of all, I have two large comfy guest bedrooms and you are always welcome to come for a visit.

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  20. My dream house would have an uninterrupted view of the sea (and beach) from my front room (and sewing room) so I could watch the weather roll in and the view from the back would be hills and woods. If it could also have views of the sunrise and sunset then I'd be very happy! Other than that I haven't really thought about it but a bathroom with a window would be nice ;o) Oh, and a hall so you could come in the front door and go straight to the kitchen without passing through the front room!
    P.S. Your S&S quilt is going to be fabulous - when are you starting it?!!

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  21. outside: ocean, dunes, tussocks, random dogs running in slow mo ... inside: chalk washed floors, big comfy sofas and chaise longues, baby grand piano, sewing room, walk in stash cupboard, painting studio, neutral and brights everywhere. *sigh

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    1. ooh and books - floor to ceiling in white purpose built shelving, natch.

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  22. Oh, goodness, my goal after moving a year ago is to never have to move again, but we've long dreamed of a nice, spare space on the Spanish Mediterranean with plenty of bookshelves and plenty of napping couches where a quilt would be quite at home.

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  23. Oh by the way....just wondering if your "imaginary" friends can come and visit you in your imaginary house.

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  24. Love the blue and white fabrics. My ideal home is a log cabin in the mountains in Vermont. I lived there for a bit (Vermont not the log cabin). There would be open fires, gorgeous views, a hot tub (and wi fi). The quilts would be vintage looking, lots of red and white and it would look a bit Christmassy too.

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  25. I already have just the quilt for your imaginary house! Uncle Sam on it an all! My house would just be one big quilt studio with a long arm with a beautiful view! Dust free and self cleaning of course! Ok it may have an ultra modern Georgian conversion attached!

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  26. My imaginary house is an old stone house in Provence in the Luberon, with quilts reflecting the lovely surrounding ochre fields and bright colours of sunflowers and lavender, something like Pat Bravo's Indie line, or Madrona Road.

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  27. I'm totally torn between a super modern house with lots of glass and clean lines overlooking the ocean and a sweet stone cottage in the English or French countryside. Either way - there would be lots of quilts :)

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  28. I always wanted a big red sandstone house with bay windows...I have friends who live in houses just like that and the thought of cleaning them makes me shiver now.
    Quilts fit in any house.Your s & S quilt will look old and faded in those fabrics - perfect.

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  29. A thatched hut on a tropical island. nothing to do but sew, read AMD play in the waves. :)
    Can't wait to see what you do with old glory. love the babric choices!

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