Tuesday, April 24, 2012

United She Stands Quilt and Sajou Treaures

About 64" Square
This is from the book "Vintage Gathering"
 by Kaye England

It is machine pieced and machine quilted.  I really wish I had hand quilted it - but... it is what it is.  Done!

I like the blocks and the setting.  I tried not to repeat prints.  There is trapunto on the cream areas.

The floral border was a 'safe' choice compared to the border shown in the book.

I also mitered the border corners.

This is the picture of the model for the book.

Bonnie Stratton's 'Lady Liberty' fabric was used for one border piece and a corner.  This was our Chaska Guild challenge fabric years ago.  Maybe 2000?  2001?

Note the way the border lengths are applied in the book model.

 I have a few Sajou treasures to show you.

These are reproductions of antique pieces.

The scissors are faux Mother of Pearl (MOP) in the Charles X style.

The pins have glass heads.

The box is marked in French for needles and pins.

Here you can see the ribbon handles lift the lids to the storage compartments.  The ribbons provide just enough tension the lids will not open when the box is tipped.

A very sweet set that was a gift from my family.
Makes me smile and think of them, they know what I like.

The pieces are sitting on the back of United She Stands.

I use the scissors - mainly for embroidery threads.  Would you? or keep them for display?

Have a fabulous week!

More Related Links
Nordic Needle Sajou Accessories in the US
French Needlework Scissors for Collectors
Antique Sets for Collectors

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Examplar Sampler Reproduction

This is the largest reproduction sampler in my collection.
I expect it will always hold that title!

The package insert describes it as follows:

"The origins of the sampler have been obscured during the passage of time.  The 'examplar' or 'samplar' was firmly established by the 17th century.  At that time these generally long and narrow pieces seem to be repertories of stitches and designs intended for future use.
This piece reflects the general elements found in early pieces.  There are 14 muted tones in the reproduction"

It is worked on 25 count natural linen and measures 8 x 32.5 (stitching area only).

I am re-framing my piece, so I thought this would be an ideal time to share it with you.

This is the top 1/3

I like band samplers but my next counted thread project might be reproducing a Quaker piece.

This is the middle section.

There are many great sources if you want to try a basic project or stitch for a more complicated piece.

Kits are available HERE.
I also like the Scarlet Letter selections HERE.

Are you a quilter only?
Quilter and other stitching?
Just curious...

Have a great week!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Ferns and Berries

Ferns and Berries Pattern
Thanks for stopping by - we're introducing our newest pattern "Ferns And Berries"

This is one of the most intricately hand quilted applique quilts in our collection.

This is an interesting 9 block setting/orientation, surrounded with a complimentary border - where corners were ... not too important.

What would you call the primary leaf motif?
Staghorn Fern?

Was the bed against the wall and the drop only on the left or right?

The vessels containing the ferns and berries have great detail.

pg. 42 - documented antique quilts
Having seen similar quilts, the pattern set includes the block in 3 sizes including one set straight.  The border is in two sizes.  All patterns are full size on large paper - ready to trace and stitch!

The patterns include the detailed quilting lines as well as the applique.

These examples are not contained within a 'vessel', they float or sit on sashing.  You could leave the vessel off and have the leaves meet at the bottom.
Similar quilts can be seen in the book:
In The Heart of Pennsylvania: 19th & 20th Century Quiltmaking 
by Jeanette Lasansky                ISBN 0-917127-00-5
Oral Traditions Project of the Union County Historical Society (1985) 

Antique crib size medallion center

Red ferns aren't really red ferns.  You can read more about the plants HERE.

Note the yellow stems in this example.

Stems in the examples we found vary - narrow applique, embroidered and applied cording.

The hand quilting is quite detailed on our quilt.  All of the motifs are included on the pattern and include:  multiple flower styles and sizes, stems with berries and leaves, leaf clusters, feathers, loops and clam fillers.

The pattern is available in our Esty Shop HERE.

Thanks for reading about Ferns and Berries.
 How about it...are you a red or green fern?

UPDATE:  Size Question:
You have numerous size options
   There are three blocks sizes:  23", 18" and 15 " as well as 10.5" and 6.5" borders
   Depending on your selection you could have a 9 block with the largest border at 90" square
          You might like a 15" 4 block with the smaller border that would finish at 43"- Sweet!
          Or, how about a medallion with the 18" center set square and some pieced 6" borders?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Prague Patchwork Meeting 2012

Beautiful piecing and handwork - love the colors too!
The Prague Patchwork Meeting in the Czech Republic was March 30&31- 2012.

What a great show!

Exhibits included:  France Patchwork, Wool Quilts, Art quilts and more.

All this in a beautiful city with so much to see and do.

Detail of a pieced block

Beautiful Hand quilting

Sunflowers - Pattern HERE
Reproduction of 1865 original

Hand applique and hand quilted

Beautiful hand work

Diamonds and triangles

Hand Quilted

Beautiful use of fabric - prints and color

So beautiful!

Pink, green and red!

Beautiful Points

Amazing tiny center

Triangles anyone?

Wonderful change in scale

Great colors

More Triangles
Hand Quilted
Rich Colors and beautiful hand quilting
See another beautiful triangle project HERE  by Judy - One Minnesota Quilter (USA)

More change in scale - dramatic!

Click HERE for Gallery Pictures from the show floor

Click HERE for more information on Association France Patchwork, Photo Gallery Links HERE

Click HERE for more information about a trip to Prague, best side trip: Cesky Krumlov
Have a great weekend!!