This little quilt (about 10" sq) was started about two years ago....worked on it occasionally and decided this week it needed to be finished! I have Way Too Many quilts that need to be finished but I choose this one that day! Inspiration is from the Chitra book "Little Bits of Whimsy".......however, I made several changes, mostly the triangle border. I didn't care for the "spikey" triangles along the outside edge of the original so I made a paper-pieceing pattern for "flying geese" triangles followed by the plain border. These colors are a bit wild for me!
Now, having said I have Way Too Many quilts in progress, I am off on another tangent! This always happens when the frenzy of July is over and I can get back to my quiet life! I was reading An Moonen's "History of Dutch Quilts"
book the other evening and became enthused to use the panel below along with the other Dutch reproductions drying on the line in the other two photos. At the Maine quilt show in July a vendor from PA had Dutch fabrics that reminded me that I had some SOMEWHERE but could not find them!! Off and on for three weeks, I would search various boxes and fabric piles to no avail. As I was about to leave the sewing room to start a search in a bedroom storage area, I spied two boxes that I hadn't yet checked because I had been too lazy to move the pile of fabric stacked on top of them! When I moved the fabric and picked up the top box, you guessed it! There was the bag of fabric in between the two boxes! Bet this never happens to anyone of you!?!??!?!
I've had this panel for a while, having been bought for me by a friend traveling to Amsterdam. I knew that I had seen them for sale on an online shop and wanted another. I thought the shop was in TX so I found a list of TX shops and hoped that when the right one appeared, I would recognize it. Could not believe my good fortune when I did! It's here at Happiness Is......
Quilting in McKinney. I see they also have the History of Dutch Quilts book.
For now I think I will make just a small quilt using the panel surrounded by some quilt blocks and the border fabric strips seen on my clothesline. The border strips are less than a yard long so that determines the size of my quilt. I have Petra Prins' lovely "Josephine" fabric that I plan to use in another Dutch reproduction. From studying the fabric pictures in the book, I think I will be able to find more early 19th century reproductions in my stash because, for me, the more different fabrics in a quilt, the better!! Looks like stripes and dots were used in the antique Dutch quilts so those will definitely add interest to the mix!
Well, I see the little clock says it's 9pm so that means it is time for handwork while I listen to "Doc Martin" on pbs!