Applique : 1857 Album Project

First of all I thought to show you how much whisky I’ve been drinking lately:

crown royal bags

Seriously, awhile back, my middle son ( the one with the puppy, cats and grandkids ) saw a Crown Royal quilt on Ebay selling for  several hundred dollars. Now, rather than asking me about that or what might be all entailed in making such a thing, he followed a simple train of thought. “Oh, Mom makes quilts! I’ll get her some of these bags and she can sell these too! ”  So he arranged with a bartender friend to start saving all of these bags, to my surprise.  I washed them and have 3/4 of a laundry basket full of them.

I am in no more of a mood to make a Crown Royal quilt than I am in one to make a Grateful Dead quilt for the youngest son, lol!  But my DIL’s brother-in-law is a Crown Royal fan so I told her twin sister to pick up a 16 inch pillow insert and I’d deconstruct some of these bags and make a pillow cover.   Have any of you ever made such a quilt or a project out of bags like these?

Meanwhile if I could sew clothes I’d do this for my DIL ( amazing dress sewn by bartender )

On to where I am with applique this week :

Sentimental Stitches is providing free blocks each month for the 1857 Album Quilt.

At the end of February I had completed the three blocks from January. There were four more blocks released in February, and three more for March.  I would like to catch up a bit.

  • While they won’t be sewn in this order here are four blocks ( tulip recently finished ) that are completed.
  • Next there is a block with circles…I made my circles bigger so I had to sew less of them.
  • The tool block is beyond my skill level in regards to applique so I outlined heavily, transferred the design onto my fabric and am embroidering it. I thought that if I used all six strands of the thread it should stand out enough next to the other blocks. We shall see.

1857 album collage

When these two are completed they’ll need the diamonds in the corners before I can move on to another block.  I do have another one prepped so I have plenty to keep me busy in the way of Slow Sunday Stitching, though how far I’ll get I am not sure….

I had a request to photograph a baby’s 1st birthday party on Saturday…and there are many pictures to edit. Then last minute,  another request to photograph a baby on Sunday for a beauty contest entry. Her and her Mama are coming here which means that I should probably dust before I sew? :) LOL…

To see what other Slow Stitchers are up to, visit Kathy’s Quilts on Sundays.

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21 Responses to Applique : 1857 Album Project

  1. Karen says:

    never would have thought to use those bags for a quilt LOL – had one bag many, many years ago – sure we didn’t pay for it :)

  2. Denise :) says:

    The Crown Royal clothes crack me up! I save all the bags my Piper and Leaf tea come in . . . I’ve got quite a pile. Maybe I should consider doing a little linen dress out of them. LOL! Your blocks are coming along! I like your idea for embroidering the tools block. That’s a lot of work!! :)

  3. Kate says:

    I’ve seen a couple of Crown Royal quilts, you might try searching Pinterest.

  4. Interesting idea to embroider the tool block. I prepped pieces to applique them just yesterday and was thinking they would not be the easiest to do.
    I did a Google image search and saw pictures of several quilts where bag parts were used.

  5. Deb says:

    Great idea to embroider that block. I’ll have to remember that. I do know of one person that made a crown royale quilt – Moneik! She also made a pillow – a link on her site if you follow the link to the quilt.

  6. Carla says:

    I like your solution to embroider the tool block! If there is a will as they say there is a way. I have seen the Crown Royale quilts but have never had the desire to make one. But than, how could one not make something out of them when the bags come your way.

  7. Doreen aka Aunt Reen says:

    So clever to embroider the saw block for your 1857 quilt! Your finished ones so far are wonderful!
    Good luck with the Crown Royal project. I look forward to seeing the finish of that one.

  8. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I have a friend that has kind of a side business making Crown Royal quilts. It isn’t my cup of tea–I feel your pain! It’s kind of up there with making a t-shirt quilt, I think. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with !

  9. Oh my goodness, people are so resourceful and clever. I will say bravo to your son for taking the initiative to collect all of those for you though. :-) I think the material looks like the bags would possibly make good dusting cloths…simply put your hand in the bag and work away! Ha!

    I am loving all of your quilting blocks. Even though I don’t quilt, that tool block looks tough. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done. Happy Sunday!

  10. OMG!!! You cracked me up girl!! Those crown royal quilts are pretty amazing though….always enjoy seeing what you are working on.

  11. Too funny and very creative!!

  12. Sarah says:

    Oh my goodness what a great idea. I’m off to google crown royal quilts!

  13. Sue J says:

    Nooooooo! Never going to make one of those quilts! A pillow is a great idea, tho. Your blocks are looking good. I don”t blame you embroidering those tools. I think I would have done the same!

  14. Oh you made me laugh about Grateful Dead and Royal Crown quilts. As someone who gets asked often to create things I have no desire to I just say “I am only creative when I am inspired.” :)
    You post was truly a joy to read and I hope that you will continue adding your ray of sunshine every week on Thoughts of Home on Thursdays.

  15. I can’t talk about your beautiful quilting because I’m stuck on the Crown Royal bags. What a hoot! A pillow should be pretty easy, and I was busy thinking about a bag. You could go into the fabric store, purchase your material, and carry it out in that bag. Or you’d sure have a great Christmas gift for your DIL’s sister. Hmmm

  16. Shasta says:

    That was really smart to reduce the number of circles on the 1857 block. I’m doing mine by fusible applique and securing those stitches even by machine seems overwhelming.

  17. Nana Diana says:

    SURE those bags were a gift. Remind me to check your recycling bin on the way out.
    That was a cute shift thought.
    Good luck on your blocks. You are a busy girl. xo Diana

  18. Debbie H says:

    My sister and I had a request to make a King size quilt out of these bags. He never came back after we gave him the large price, We were grateful. LOL. I would imagine you would do it the same as a T-shirt quilt. A throw pillow I could handle, Your qt squares are lovely.

  19. Grandma Kc says:

    you are keeping busier than ever and I can’t wait to see how that pillow cover turns out! Kind of fun and different and none of us think you really drank it all!

  20. Joyce says:

    I’d hate to see the decor that would make a Crown Royale quilt look right at home! Ages ago I used to buy that liquor so I remember the bags well. It always seemed a shame to throw them out. They really would probably make a soft cozy surface – but a pillow makes lots more sense to me!

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