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Naming Quilts

Yes, Ma’am, damn!

I often get name suggestions for quilts from friends. A discussion or comment leads to a great name, and after some contemplation, I realize there is no better name for my quilt. Or a friend is inspiration for a quilt and so named. This is one of those quilts.

My friend, we’ll call her T, was the inspiration behind this quilt, but more importantly behind the name of this quilt. T is my mother’s age. She’s fantastically talented, and full of wisdom. I admire and respect her greatly. I’ve learned a lot from her about quilting, and life. All that said, T used to get angry at me for saying Yes, ma’am (she still does, in fact).

Over the years I tried to stop myself from using the dreaded 4 letter MA’AM word, but, I failed. It became a joke that I’d reply to her by saying “Yes, ma…”, catching myself mid word, then I’d mutter a REAL 4 letter word under my breath so as to not offend anyone that was around. T would always laugh at me, and joke about how my mother raised me right (this is the South, after all) but it wasn’t necessary with her. She knew ma’am was always said to her with the utmost respect, even if she hated the word, and I tried, I really, really tried, to stop saying it. I just couldn’t.

T made a quilt that inspired me to make this one, and since she was always fussing at me for using *that* dreaded 4 letter word, I could think of no better way to name this piece. She inspired the quilt, and the name…alas, Yes, Ma’am, damn! was born.

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Piecing it Together

I was able to get the parts of my Kaffe quilt arranged last week and am in the process of sewing the top together. I still need to cut the setting triangles but that shouldn’t take much time. Besides, I have to sew the diagonal strips first so what a little more work, right?

I was hoping to have the top pieced by tonight but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’m already thinking about the border. I think a narrow blue inner border and possibly a piano key outer border. Still contemplating anyhow and there is no rush to have it finished. Well, other than I have more quilts in the queue that I want to make.

kaffe crop

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Vintage Quilt Goes Kaffe

I am slowly making progress on the vintage quilt that I am recreating in Kaffe Fassett fabrics. You can see it here. I’m pretty excited about how it is coming together, too.

The quilt is basically 9-Patch blocks, Half-Square Triangles and squares. Once the hst’s are pieced the blocks go together quickly. woot!

9patchweb

progress web

The blocks are set on point and finish at something like 14”. Lucky for me I’m making the quilt a square. I have 2 more blocks pieced but not on my design wall yet. 9 more to go. yay!

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Kaffe Block One

I bought a vintage quilt ten or so years ago. My best guess is that the quilt was made in the thirties. The quilting is impeccable and the stitches are so small. I’ve been wanting to make an updated version for a while but hadn’t figured out exactly how I wanted to do it. The other day I was folding up said quilt and it hit me. Here’s a peek of the quilt.

front

back detail

I needed retail therapy yesterday and took advantage of one of my kids feeling a little under the weather. I don’t really think he was ill but if he’s going to play that game, so am I. We went to my favorite quilt shop and picked up some goodies. You can see them on my previous post here.

Last night I decided to make a block. ¬†Well, part of one block, the quilt is on point and I have to piece it in diagonal strips. Curious yet? I’m thrilled with it so far!

kaffe block one