Friday, September 4, 2015

Ferns and Berries

Red Applique from Ferns and Berries c. 1840 Antique Quilt
A 150 years ago, when making an applique quilt you would not have many thread options readily available.

White was the norm.
Bright turkey red, rich green fabrics - white thread.

Would you do that today?

Three Full Size Block and Two Full Size 
Border Sizes in the pattern

The antique Ferns and Berries quilt in our collection (c.1840)  is completely hand sewn - in white thread.

Kelly Anns Quilting has kitted up this fantastic quilt.  Three block and Two Borders Sizes
Tel: 540-341-8890
This is what they wrote on Facebook:
This past summer when Dawn from Collector with a Needle was here with her collection of quilts she introduced many of you to Ferns and Berries. We chatted about kitting up the 58" square quilt and talked about how perfect it would be for Christmas. We are now offering the kits, pre-order, for $74.99. The kit will include all the fabric for the front and binding. If you don't have the pattern we can also order that and it is $21.99. Doreen did an amazing job on the sample block...pop in to order your kit today.
Phone number  Tel: 540-341-8890

Reproduction by Doreen - Aunt Reen's Place

Doreen's (Aunt Reen's Place) sample block is great!  It is on display in Kelly Ann's.

The prolific quilter that she is - she has two sizes of Ferns and Berries in the works!  She is planning to incorporate the quilt in her holiday decorating.


She appliqued her berry stems.  Some of the antique versions of this quilt embroider the stems.  The original in our collection has applique stems.

Greens From the c. 1840s Original

Selecting greens is an interesting decision when reproducing antique applique.
The greens of this era were not always a stable dye.  This photo shows a portion of the appliqué and the binding.  Where the binding is worn away, a hint of the original green (still a bit faded) remains.  There is no one 'right' green!
Note the use of white thread on the green fabric.

A Portion of the Hand Quilting in the Antique Ferns & Berries

The pattern for this pattern includes every line of the detailed hand quilting from the original - in multiple sizes.  You can quilt yours just like the original.

The quilting motifs can be used for hand or machine quiting.  So much detail - so many options!

Happy Stitching - -  with any color thread you love!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Thread Holder and Month Nine Catherine's Garden BOM

Velma Holding Thread
My new thread holder, I don't recommend it for usefulness.  If entertainment is high on your priority list then I give her a high rating.

Velma joined the fabric bomb to lend a helping paw.

I watch her very carefully so she isn't able to chew thread.  She isn't allowed in the sewing room.

The new block set for month Nine is posted and ready to go HERE.

We are now at 10 blocks, borders and corners.  This photo doesn't show my finished corners because you cant finish yours until the blocks are completed.

SH, a stitching friend has all of her blocks done and is on her fourth border.  She has the benefit of 'connections' and got the full pattern set at once...I am hoping she lets me share her top with you very soon.
Would you like to see it? Maybe hers and mine together?

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

You Are Invited

Please join us (Aunt Reen and I) for a Sew-Along reproducing the
          Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt (SVBAQ).

Thank you Virginia Quilt Museum!
Pattern by Josephine Millett for the museum.
Part of the antique quilt...See the full quilt on the new blog
There is a dedicated blog you can subscribe to:  HERE
  • Pattern ordering details are on the blog main page (digital or paper)
  • You will be able to participate in the blog once we all start stitching
  • The first post is loaded with participation details - as well as tabs on the block organized by subject.  So much information....
  • We have contributions from Quilt Historian Neva Hart

There is a dedicated Facebook Page:

Stay tuned for more details...Can you guess what size and colorways I selected??
This is a wonderful opportunity to support our quilt heritage and the Virginia Quilt Museum's 20th Anniversary
All proceeds benefit the museum!  

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Finish - The Graduation Quilt

The Graduation Quilt
Done. Finished. Complete.
It really isn't any of those.

The Graduation Quilt is hand quilted and the binding is done.  I have a few details to add, so technically it isn't done.

I chose to do a narrow binding, finishing at 3/8" so it doesn't really show in the photo.  I really like it and will use that width on future projects.

To recap - Lots of fussy cutting special fabrics
Prints used only once per block
Machine Pieced
Hand Quilted - 100% Cotton Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon
62" x 76"

Light Center - Names and dates to be added in quilting

In the center light print are I will be adding names and dates in the quilting.

I am planning on a medium contrast thread, so it is easily readable - but not the first thing a viewer sees.

I will also add a label on the back - see, it isn't done!

Example of some of the quilted texture

Each block is quilted uniquely, using the prints as my guide - no marking.

I changed thread colors to compliment the fabrics.

The hexagon side finishes at 4"

Do you quilt names and words in your projects?  I may do it more often!
Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fruit Basket Medallion

Need an inspiration quilt?
See "Chintz Quilts From The Poos Collection"
pg 140-144  Hint:  It is cut apart and re-configured
I love medallion quilts.
When I saw the Fruit Basket Medallion panel was reproduced in three sizes I had to order!

I wanted to share my wash test with you.  The photo in this blog post is one of the panels Machine laundered, normal cycle in Tide HE - warm wash, cold rinse THREE times.  I was abusive - including it in three different loads of laundry.  I have no intention of treating a quilt that way.  I am impressed with the retention of the vibrant color!
Now I can get on with some quilt plans...

You can order the panels HERE.
Consider a large one and four smalls for four corner blocks.  Oh...the possibilities....would you cut it up or leave it whole?

Have a great week,