Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Antique Quilt and my Copy

Here is the Antique Maine Medallion owned by my friend Wendy.  In 1994 I copied it using what was available for what looked like "olde" fabrics!  Little did I know then what wonderful reproductions were in store for the future!  The original quilt is very light and likely contains a wool batting.
Closeups of some of the gorgeous fabrics.....I took lots more photos but do not know if there is a limit on the number of photos one can post at a time!
These red/black "Garibaldis" were from 1880-90's/
That plaid looks like those still produced today!
This is the alternating plain block along the outside edge.

Isn't this Paisley gorgeous?
I wonder if the light fabric might not be earlier in the 19th century?

This is the vibrant red backing!

Now we start with my copy!  I enjoyed making this quilt...even the Math!
Thanks to Judie Rothermel for producing old-looking fabrics beginning in the 1980's!  I've seen the original of the shirting with the bicycles.....very good copy!  
Thanks to Roberta Horton for producing the old-looking stripes, plaids and tickings!  Still love those fabrics and am hoarding.....eerrrr....collecting them!
This bright one may have been Pilgrim/Roy............
The Roberta Horton beige stripe on the left is the closest I could come to mating the color of the alternating blocks on the outside edge of the original.

I recognize the blue on the left as being part of Jinny Beyer's "1492" line and the blue on the right is by Elly Sienkiewicz
 These fabrics looked "olde" to me at the time so into the quilt they went!
 Will always love this pink from Judie Rothermel and the alternate fabric may have been from the Pilgrim/Roy line by P&B
 Used a vibrant red on the backing of my quilt too!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Home for the Winter!!

This is a shot of my booth at the Cocheco Quilt Show in Rochester NH last weekend.....hence my Home for the Winter title!  No more shows until next July so hopefully more time will be available to me! Hope this means I will have more time to post on this blog....really love doing it but time is always a problem...... Of course, I hope to find major sewing time too!  Booth rather looks similar in photos of other show setups but there are a few different quilts.  The quilt on the left is an antique c.1900 owned by my friend Wendy.  The quilt straight ahead in the middle is my copy that I made in 1994.....before real reproduction fabrics hit the scene!  I have taken many photos of both quilts and will post them in the near future......many closeups for fabric comparisons!   My pattern is available for sale, but only because Wendy could readily find hers and I could not find mine!  I know I saw one in my Mother's things when I cleaned out her sewing room but can't find that one either!  It was on an old computer so I will now put it on two computers ....nice to find my favorite old Font on this new operating system.......Lucinda Handwriting!  Maybe more "time" mentioned above will also allow me to my find all that is misplaced!

The little quilt below is one that I recently unearthed from a pile that I intend to repair (replace the few worn fabrics), if not remake completely because it has a thick batting that I am not sure I want to leave in place.  This comfy, simple little quilt (50" x 52") is made up of 3" Hourglass blocks and some of the fabrics are quite early, indicating to me that the quiltmaker used a deep, or perhaps generational, scrapbag!  In the 7th photo, you will see a fabric that has been reproduced several years ago by Judie Rothermel.  My new fabric is along the right side.

The orange with dark brown dots is mid 19th century.

Here is the old fabric compared to the new! I don't remember the name of the is not writted on the selvage, only Judie's name.

The blue/buff fabric in the lower right corner is 1840's.

This is a new little quilt that Wendy made using the "Pomegranete" line from Blue Hill Fabrics..nice old PA colors that Wendy loves!  The border is an old Benartex that I Love...still have some in the shop but only in light background.  We both love simple-patterned quilts that let the fabrics shine! 

Lastly, here's a shot of New England Fall Asters that I let grow wherever they land!  I love Wildflowers !  The asters bloom in two shades of purple and pink......took this photo a while back.....I'm afraid they are just a lovely memory now.....until they come back next year!