Thursday, March 13, 2014

Forty-Nine Cents Postage

Just thought I'd post a quick quilt update to show my progress on my postage stamp quilt top.  I finally got the borders completed since I showed you last time around.  It almost seemed like the pieced border took longer than the center of the quilt!  It must be due to the fact I was really anxious to get this top completed!  This was all pieced one square at a time, a little more time consuming than strip-piecing, but I'm very happy with the result.  (No pattern available.)
There is an outer white border, too, it's a bit hard to see in the photos.  I am still learning when it comes to lighting and photography.  I don't have the proper lights in my studio for taking pictures, so you're seeing varied ranges of grays and yellows when you should be seeing white! 
Next, I plan on marking the quilt and then quilting it very soon.  I will do a lot of cross-hatch quilting and maybe a cable or two in the borders.  My stack of quilt tops is piling up and so it's time to motivate myself to start to tackle some of them and finally get them quilted.
 When I work on a quilt, I play around with titles for it, trying to come up with something a little creative and original that ties to the quilt and also to what might be going on in my life at the time.  I came up with "Forty-Nine Cents" for this quilt, which I think is appropriate since the cost of postage went up while I was making it!

I did have a nice little surprise this week in the mail.  The catalog for the International Quilt Festival in Chicago arrived.  Since I have no plans on going to Chicago this year, I had just tossed the catalog in my pile of junk mail to throw away without ever opening it.
But at the last minute, something told me to open the catalog and when I did, I was so surprised to find my quilt, Fish Scraps, featured inside!  This quilt has gotten some mileage and has done more travelling than I have, it seems.  It is one of two of my quilts that is in the "In the American Tradition" exhibit that is being show at the Quilt Festival shows this year.

And one more bit of good news. . . .my foot has healed and I won't be needing surgery, so I am thrilled about that!  I can now go shoe shopping!  Hooray!

Happy Creating!


  1. Rahna, I am happy to hear that your foot has healed and it must be exciting to see and know that your quilt is getting the admiration it deserves by the quilting community. Congratulations.

    1. Thank you Ginny! You are always so sweet and I appreciate all of your comments! It's nice to know that you are so supportive!!

  2. OMG!!!! I'm totally in love with 49 Cents Postage! It's fantastic! And I'm so glad your foot has healed......the thought of surgery is always scary! And I'm so glad you took a look at that catalog! Yippee!

  3. What an absolutely stunning quilt. Of course now I am feeling like I must make one! Your amazing creativity and talent is inspiring! Found you on Instagram and just love your work! ~Angela~

  4. Angela, it's great to "meet" you and thank you for your comment as well as all your IG love! I was reading some of your 90 days of thankfulness and am anxious to read more. What an inspiring idea, and kudos to you for sharing publicly, they takes bravery in my book.

  5. I also found you on Instagram and took a peak at your profile and loved the quilts I saw. Love forty nine cents - that's next on my list. I have all the fabric - i bought lots of charm packs and intend starting this when i go on my quilt retreat in July. Of course they're sitting there just looking at me and I'm raring to go!

  6. Words can't even express what I think of this quilt! It's just so lovely, stunning and makes me happy just looking at it.

  7. I would really like to know how to do the border of the quilt with the stamps set on point. Are the instructions available? I'm trying to recreate a vintage quilt and this is the closest I have found. thanks much for any leads.

  8. You have inspired me to create a postage stamp quilt. For the past few months I have been cutting 1.5 in squares out of my scrap fabric. I remember a previous post stating you made 10 x 10 in squares on-point. How do you make a square on-point? I figured I would be able to find on-point instructions online, but to my dismay, I'm not finding what I'm needing. Thank you so much for sharing your talent!!

  9. Beautiful quilt!
    Just wondering of you pressed your seam open or to one side?

  10. I purchased your quilt pattern "Sweet Lizzie" and love it. I am now on another quilt and ready to do the border. I really like you border on the postage stamp quilt but am not quite sure how to do it. Since you are not selling this pattern, could you please help out or direct me to somewhere on the web where I can find directions.