Archive for January, 2010

Vintage Cracker Quilt

January 24, 2010

Vintage Cracker Quilt

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I was going through a box of scraps this morning and came across a plastic bag with fabrics and a slip of paper.
Cracker Quilt
92 blocks.
200 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2 ”
92+ – 3 ” squares to be cut on the diagonal
24 – quarter square triangles for the border

My initial thought was 4 of the 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 strips together but then I put in cracker quilt in Flickr and came up with this.

It has the description

“The ‘Cracker’ pattern is a traditional quilt design for Ocracoke, with four stripes and four triangles per block. One of the interior stripes is always of a red-patterned material. This Cracker wall hanging was pieced of 1940’s fabric by Patricia Kelly, a frequent island visitor from Pittsburgh, PA, and hand-quilted by the Ocracoke Needle & Thread Club.”

I knew immediately the pattern and fabrics was not for this quilt. There are minimal red strips in the bag. I do like the quilt though and googled and found out more about Ocracole quilts.

I think it is fun when you find out a pattern is from a certain region of the country.

((I still have the baggie with the fabrics in it. I will photo later. I need help solving the mystery of the quarter square triangles!))

Going back to Flickr I then saw these blocks and realized I have a quilt with this pattern and never knew the name.

This photo came from here.    

This is my quilt.     The settings are just different.

Vintage Quilt

Front and Back of the quilt

Square using dot fabric

Square using the cat fabric

Vintage Cat Fabric

Vintage Floral Fabric

Vintage Umbrella Fabric

I now know this is called a cracker quilt. All in a mornings journey!  The pattern is here.

Update 7-11-13

I just came across a great new fresh tutorial for a variation of this quilt by “Cut To Pieces” called Cracker Scraps!!! It’s so wonderful to see her post bringing renewed interest to this historical pattern. It even inspired a new quilter! See comments on her post.



Christmas Stars

January 14, 2010

Christmas Stars

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I laid out the pieces I have finished so far for my Christmas Star I blogged about back on Dec 26th. I came across more fabric for it today while sifting though bags of scraps for the Spider Bee I am in.

I didn’t have a sewing machine at my sister’s this past weekend but I was able to layout almost 12 blocks for the Christmas quilt project I picked up again this year.

This may be as far as I get this year. Who knows???

I often work on a project for a few weeks each year. It allows me to play with colors for the season and holiday I am in at the time. ‘

I wonder…..

This is the fabric I came across today while going through that bag of scraps. It has metallics in it which I like for the project because it puts a bit of a sparkle on the stars.

Note: Don’t look too closely at my sleeve….I’m in my jammies already!

This is a photo of the quilt I made a few years ago.

Spiderweb Quilt

January 3, 2010

I have started a second blog. I did this for a couple reasons. I have difficulty figuring out wordpress. I struggle with it and don’t have a lot of time to mess with reading how it works. I still haven’t figured out how to put a header on my blog….not that I have really taken any time to read on how to do it.

I may have to go to the library and get a book on wordpress that I can read while I am coming and going throughout my day.

The other reason is I wanted a blog specifically for my 2010 project. A Spiderweb Bee I have joined.

This is a vintage spiderweb that belongs to my Aunt Kay. It is a rocking chair cushion. I love it! The quilt I will make will be a different pattern.

You can read more about it on my other blog.

TS Sept 2009 030

TS Sept 2009 032

Jan’s Quilts

January 3, 2010

Jan’s Quilts

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

When Jan first joined the Babe’s we had a plaid exchange. I have a pattern I wanted to use the plaids in. My plaids were sewn together but then they were supposed to have green plaid trees all around the perimeter. I started collecting green plaids just for that purpose. The quilt was set aside and never touched again. Every once in awhile I come across the sewn squares. I like what Jan did with the bears and trees. I also like the label. Jan loved to name her quilts. She put a lot of thought into the naming of them.

Anna Williams Inspired Quilt

January 1, 2010

big job to quilt all this!

Originally uploaded by

I really like this quilt. I am working on one somewhat similar. I just came across this this morning but who knows maybe I’ve seen it before. I think you would enjoy Katie’s entire set of photos she has on this project. I know I do. Especially the one that shows the back of the quilt.

I added one of the photos to a gallery I have of the best scrap quilts ever. It’s actually the second gallery because I hit the 18 photo limit on the first.

Here’s this link to the first

In fact now that I think about it. I read this article about Anna Williams and I am certain I started my quilt shortly after reading it.

I love every quilt I see of hers.


This is how far I got from October 4th to December 13th. It’s always a slow go process for me!

This is one of my current projects. I have been working on it off and on for a couple months now. I am fascinated by the coin quilts I see on Flickr. This one is all itsy bitsy scraps left over from cutting the 1 1/2 inch squares for my Triple Irish Chain. I had all these little scraps and couldn’t throw them away. Now they are the beginnings of a new quilt. I have seen the calendar quilts on Flickr too and thought what if I do a row each month. Well ….I may still keep adding to this in 2010 and incorporate that idea into this quilt. I would like it to be a crib size quilt when finished. I am just going to square it off and bind. It will have a true scrap quilt feel to it. Here is one of the quilts that inspired this project by crazymomquilts.

Here is a birthday coin quilt by Hillary Lang from 2005. 243 people call this one a favorite!
A month ago I found the 2009 Coin Quilt piece-along group. It is just like me to join the last month of the 2009 year! I am certain though that all the quilts I have seen on Flickr throughout this last year influenced my starting this project!

Here is my coin quilt back when I first started it.


This photo is fun to look at in Flickr because I was able to put a tag on the different items in the photo.  I like this feature and have enjoyed it in other photos I have seen do it.

Breakfast is ready. Have a wonderful 1st day of the NEW YEAR!

Note: spent some time today puttiing 64 uncatagoried blog posts into Catagories. One step toward becoming more organized!