Monday, November 7, 2011

The Hewson Fabrics are here and they are wonderful!!

The Winterthur Museum John Hewson Fabrics by Andover Fabrics arrived last week and they are wonderful!!!  Can't wait to start making a Medallion Quilt with them!  The quality of the fabric is stupendous!  The vase shown above is about 21" high and the floral below (see the little "corner" which is how the floral spray will be placed in a corner to tilt diagonally toward the center vase?) is about 17" high.....will probably applique in place using broderie perse if I can't figure out a way to piece it in.  There are butterflies galore to leave in place or applique by broderie perse wherever you desire!  The accompanying background fabric is the same fabric Winterthur and Jo Morton have both used before.....a faint linen-look appearance with a wonderful "hand".  Google "John Hewson" to find antique quilts using his prints made in Philadelphia beginning in the 1770's.  Many are in musems and will provide inspiration for you to make one of your own!!

Vintage Charm Quilt

 This is a small charm quilt I made several years ago using vintage triangles given to me by a quilting friend.  They belonged to her mother and are from c. 1900.  Those claret (purpley-red) fabrics were popular in the 1890's.  There are a couple "Neons" also from the 1890s"s.  All in all it is a good representation of the fabrics available at the two fabrics alike....that is what makes it a charm" quilt!  I think in today's quilting world, people believe "charms" to just be small size squares.....which they can be of course....but need to all be different!!  I think the oldest fabric to be the blue/brown floral chintz (still retains glaze) shown below in the close-up.  I was fortunate to have other period fabrics to use for the backing/binding.  Each triangle is about 3-1/2" tall and I did have to re-size them to make it all go together well!