Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chester County Criswell

 This week I finished block six of the Chester County Criswell quilt and am ready for Sharon to post block seven on February first.  Each month Sharon posts a new block along with some very interesting history about it’s maker.  The history behind this quilt is the main reason I am making it.  If you enjoy reproduction quilts and the history behind them you can go to Sharon's blog and read more about the history of this quilt.

                                       Block one Jane Wilson

                                      Block two Elizabeth Cowan        


                                       Block three Priscilla Turner                

                                      Block four Nancy Smith

                                    Block five James Carlile

                                      Block six Reuben Stubbs’

                        All six of my interpretation of the blocks.

It’s been very interesting to follow the making of this quilt.  I never knew there were so many different ways to applique’ one piece of fabric to another. For this quilt I am using the starch method with the freezer paper on the bottom like I show here, but some are doing back basting,  freezer paper on top or underneath with needle turn, glue basting.  Some mark the pattern on the fabric some use an overlay and I am sure I have missed other methods.
However you applique I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Feathered Tulips in Vases

I bought the fabric for this quilt in August of 2012 and started stitching in September.
Sunday I completed the top of Feathered Tulip in Vases.  
She measures 90 x 90 and is a lot prettier than the picture shows.

The original pattern only had three borders but it seemed more balanced to me with four so I added one more. I suppose it depends on how you use the quilt.   On a bed the top row would be covered by pillows and you wouldn’t see it.  
I enjoy doing reproduction quilts.  This pattern is from Collector With a Needle.  Dawn has several wonderful patterns she has drafted from antique quilts.
Hope you are all finding some time to stitch.