1. A personal challenge to start using some of my oldest reproduction fabric stash.
2. The book:
A History of Dutch Quilts
by An Moonen
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(No patterns - fabulous photos and historic information)
The quilt got bigger than I intended, in order to showcase the fabrics I used some larger pieces. Very simple squares and strips with early reproduction fabrics.
It needs more quilting but I'm unsure what to do. Maybe a larger grid cross hatch? The last frame has no quilting at all...yet. I like the 'missing' middle corners.
I may add some additional hand quilting to the center.
A little echo maybe?
I've used the Ro Gregg Heirloom Reproduction light fabric in several quilts and have it in two colorways - love it!
The motifs are from a stripe fabric I fussy cut and used as individual motifs appliqued around the elephant.
The center pieces of the quilt are smaller - working out to larger scaled borders.
There are some Dargates, Chinoiserie and woodblock reproductions.
I used some of the Hausmann reproductions, including an animal print.
The Haussmann Collection was reproduced by Sharon Yenter for In The Beginning Fabrics in 2008.
The fabrics were first printed by the renowned mill of Christophe Phillipe Oberkampf in Jouy en Josas, near Versailles, France and Jean Michael Haussmann was the first cloth printer in Alsace who possessed the chemical knowledge to create the dyes needed for these beautifully colored prints. This look became extremely popular throughout Alsace and the whole of Europe. These prints are reproduced under license from the Musee de L’Impression sur Etoffes (The French Textile Museum in Mulhouse, France)
A little searching and you may still find some of the reproduction yardage.
I hand quilted the half circles but I think machine quilting would have been just as effective, since the stitches don't really show.
My machine quilting is done with silk thread. I love using silk for free motion and straight line quilting.
...and now I have an elephant quilt!
Do you have any older stash fabric that challenges you to be used?
Stay tuned for Elephants Part II with a guest photo! ...and some reproduction Dutch Quilts
Have a great week!