Nov, 7…vintage blocks,and an old wash stand

One of the items that I brought back home from Mom’s was an antique wash stand, made in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. It is a lovely piece of furniture 

A few years back I did a quilt top for a friend of Mom’s . She had embroidered blocks that she was going to threw away for she didn’t know what to do with them,when Mom told her to send them to me to see what I could come up with. Here is the top I did for Miss Pauline.

While I was up at Mom’s ,Miss Pauline ask if I would do another top for her. These blocks ,she said were her sister- in – law ,found among her mothers things. Here’s one of the six blocks…

She would like green in the top ,as she is fond of green. The rest is up to me as to what to do with 6 – 17.5 inch square blocks. So once again How do I showcase them …. I did some crude pattern outline …

Choose colors..

I chose a cream to go around the blocks for they are a little stained with old spots,with a off white tone caused by aging. I think the cream will blend the aging spots with the new fabric. At least I hoping.😊 I cut out a sample block to get all measurements right ,and to see if it will look alright. I like it.. do you?

I haven’t put together the nine patch corners yet. To give you more of an idea of the sashing between blocks I will use the same pattern as on this quilt .

While I’m waiting on the fabric that I ordered , back to finishing the other embroidered block top.

The nativity project… have fabrics scrapes picked out ,first block ready to work on.👏👏

Have a good week, Deb


9 thoughts on “Nov, 7…vintage blocks,and an old wash stand

  1. KerryCan

    I like it very much! It’s going to be a wonderful quilt–I like this combination of embroidery and patchwork. I also like the washstand. I have a similar one that I bought years ago and we had it fitted with a sink and plumbing and use it in the guest bathroom. I’m not sure it was the right thing to do, to cut the hole for the sink in the top, but it’s being used and admired every day.


    1. Deb Post author

      Thank you! 🙂 I think to turn the wash stand into a serviceable item in the bathroom was a great idea. Mine will be a medicine cabinet more than a wash stand.


  2. Sheryl

    The wash stand is lovely. I like how you have a bureau scarf on it. I have several old bureau scarves and doilies, and I sometimes think that I should use them, but so far they are just stashed in a chest. I’m looking forward to seeing how the quilt blocks turn out. It amazes me how you can take things that I’d have no idea how to combine and create something beautiful.

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  3. blosslyn

    Lovely bureau and I have never heard of a bureau scarf before, we would call it a runner, doilies is the same word we would use, but not scarf….you learn something new every day :). Can’t wait to see the tops when you have finished then 🙂

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