The Rescue Quilt series is about finishing up quilt tops that were never completed and then remaking the pattern. Sometimes I find easier / modern ways to make the quilt pattern, and sometimes I change up the pattern a bit to freshen things up.
Sometimes I will offer the quilt pattern to you free, sometimes it will be a paid pattern in my pattern shop.
The goal is to honor the quilt maker who made the quilt top by completing their project, to not waste good craftsmanship (usually done by hand), to ogle long ago yummy fabrics, and to breathe in a little old inspiration and make it new again. You can view all parts of this series here.
Want to get started on finishing your own Rescue quilts? Here are a few articles to get you started:
They are doooooooone! I am way late on finishing these. My last post was early August. They sat on a shelf together with backing made and batting cut and they. Just. Waited. But that’s okay, cause these two were worth it.
You know, I have to tell you, that while finishing these up I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I’ve always wondered why these quilts didn’t get finished. How could you not finish something so beautiful? But I reminded myself that it’s not always about the destination (the finished quilt). Maybe this quilt maker just wanted to create something. It didn’t matter whether she ever finished it or not. So I told myself to slow down and just enjoy the journey of quilting. Whether a quilt ever comes to fruition or not.
I hope that the quilt maker enjoyed piecing all those tiny tumblers together. I loved her color palette, particularly the pops of yellow. And now of course I KNOW exactly how long it takes to piece tumblers.
I know very often I say the words, “this is my most favorite quilt I’ve ever made”. And the more I say that, the less weight those words actually have, buuuuuuut…. There is mint, navy and coral colors here. All my favorites. It has low volumes galore AND some serious scrappy busting to boot. How could I not say that. I love this one! It’s my favorite! There I said it, and I’m not taking it back. I love this quilt, it is my favorite quilt I’ve ever made. Roll your eyes and then yell at me, I don’t care. I Ioooooooooove this one! UGH!
Tumbler quilts are no joke. Especially this one, because I made my tumblers super skinny, but if you are sitting on a mountain of scraps (imagine that!), this could be a way to put those babies to use. I say ‘no joke’, because as easy as the putting together is, the time involved is quite a bit. Oh, and I learned the hard way that you can forget about just chain piecing the easy way (you can still chain piece each row), they have to go up on that design wall first. This was something I had tried to skip. I like to put big pieces up on the design wall, but because each row starts with a tumbler turned the opposite way, I really should have put them all on the wall and then chain pieced each row. Now I know.
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