There were just a few vintage beauties worthy of photo taking while Irene and I rummaged around the antique mall in McKinney Texas before my flight home on Monday.
THIS one took my breath away. ALL of that feather quilting done by hand somewhere around the mid 1800s.
Can you see it?
It’s a rose variation, and the secondary pattern comes when you put the blocks together without sashing…it’s FABULOUS!
It’s also fabulously shredded.
Oh. My. Word!
Upon closer inspection we found the green to be a print, likely with a black design that over time just ate away at the fabric. What looks like outlining on the leaves is actually where the shapes were outline quilted, holding the seam allowance in place between the applique stitches and the quilting, giving that area a darker appearance.
I’ve seen this time and time again in beautiful applique quilts, where all of the stitching was in the background, leaving minimal quilting in the applique shapes, if any at all. If these pieces aren’t anchored down with stitching, they poof up, and are the first places to wear away.
Notice in this quilt that the rose centers ((the bulls-eye bits!)) are heavily crosshatched. These will not wear – but the leaves, and their simple outlining did.
It is still a beautiful quilt..just LOOK at those feathers! I was gobsmacked at the amount of work that went into this one!
Make My Heart Sing!
I love this simple 1940s-1950s Album block with all of its fabrics of the day. The blue sashing and gold cornerstones are perfect, and I also love that the cornerstones do not go into the outer border – they draw your focus to the center of the quilt. And those round corners at the edge? Sweet!
These kinds of homey quilts set my heart on fire!
Most of these fabrics are mourning prints from right around the turn of 1900. The burgundy resist, or claret is WONDERFUL! She used one print for the sashings, and a few different ones for the outer border, there are spots where she ran out of one, and just stuck something else on to make the border long enough on the right hand side. See it at the bottom?
This is one I would love to wrap up in!
I didn’t get a full shot of this one as it was hanging on a rack on the wall and getting it down would have been a problem – but look at these fabrics! 1950s and 1960s..and those ginghams!!
Which brings to mind our Leader & Ender Tumbler Challenge! How are yours coming??
I’m headed to South Carolina to teach tomorrow, and since it is a driving trip I am able to take more things..my current GREEN project is to the point where I can start assembling things and my tumblers will come along to help faciliate along the way.
This is what’s going on down here in the Studio.
See that backing fabric? CHAIRS! I love it!
This quilting design is called Gossimer and I’m loving the texture.
I haven’t quite reached 1/2 way yet, so will be working on that today. I’d like to see it off the machine, to put binding on by the time Quilt-Cam rolls around at 9pm Eastern. Are you planning on joining me? Just come here to the blog at 9pm Eastern, look for the post that says QUILT-CAM (Not the archives – it doesn’t go into the archives until AFTER we are logged off for the night) and sew along with me.
Binding of choice – red with Chicken Feet!
Back in Stock!
Another shipment of 1000 blocks has arrived, and I have 30 copies available in the Quiltville Store and more will be arriving shortly. I’m doing everything I can do to keep these in stock as they are such a hot item, but they are flying off my shelves! 1,000 of your favorite block designs from the awesome 100 blocks series by Quiltmaker Magazine. I wrote more about this book release HERE.
Please note that I do not ship this book internationally because it weighs over 4 lbs all by itself, and the shipping to Europe for 1 book is $54.00! Please check your local retailers if you are outside of the USA for this one, folks.
Copies ordered AFTER today will ship upon my return home from South Carolina.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
It takes a lot of courage
to push yourself to places
You’ve never been before.
Push yourself a little farther today than is comfortable. There is no growth without struggle, and the rewards are far greater than you could ever imagine! This quilt is part of a late 1990 s half log cabin made by me. It hangs on the wall of my studio to remind me daily of this journey.
See you tonight for Quilt-Cam!