For example, the first section of the Japanese Taupe Quilt is now together in its entirety. When I laid it out on the twin bed in the guest room -- whoa! To think this is only one of four planned sections...and that there will be wide swaths of applique in between them.
What am I thinking?! Well...I'm thinking that I'm about to start quilting-as-I-go. The pieced blocks will be done by machine and the plain blocks, with Sashiko-style hand quilting. To that end, I went out yesterday and bought wide backing. It's beautiful stuff too -- taupe marbled batik-like stuff. Alas, it has no identification on the selvedge, so I can't give you the name of the line, designer or manufacturer...but it's perfect! And, bless her heart, when she saw my rough draft of the design, Caroline -- of Caroline's Homespun Seasons in Stettler -- agreed to cut the backing for me in sections so I wouldn't have to worry about laying out and cutting a ginormous piece of fabric for my QAYG sections. :-) (Note to readers from the Southern US: up here 'bless her heart' means exactly that. (Grin))
I also got my September block done for the 4 x 4 Block of the Month -- you know, the one I'm doing from the kits bought in another lifetime back in Calgary. This one has a Christmas Theme in its fabrics, but the blocks are classic patterns. I really like September's selection:
|Wild Rose & Square|
Where have I seen those chevron shapes before? Oh yes -- in the mysterious fabric pieces found in a basket at the Mirror & District Museum:
But the "Museum Pieces" are all-in-one -- not constructed from separate sections using 1/2-square triangles. Along with these pieces we found 3" squares, and some diamonds -- very scrappy, with much of the fabric appearing to be genuinely from the nineteen-thirties! What did the quilter have planned when life got in the way?
Was it a LeMoyne Star block? Nope; not enough pieces.
I wandered down to the Mirror Library and found a treasure: Better Homes & Garden's America's Heritage Quilts (Meredith Corporation, 1991). In there, I found two other possibilities for these pieces: a Peony block and a Carolina Lily block. The latter stems from Civil War days, and features one or three "blossoms" in a "basket".
|Single Blossom Version|
Photo - Lillian's Cupboard, 2011
Photo - Generations Quilt Patterns
These didn't seem quite right, so I researched the Peony block and found this on the Shelburne Museum website. It too features multiple blossoms...though you can find it in single-blossom versions too.
|Catherine Bolster's Peony Quilt|
To add to my excitement: you can purchase this pattern -- and the templates with which to make it -- and one of the templates is an all-of-a-piece chevron, just like the pieces we found at the museum.
I thought I'd try to make a replica using stash -- albeit fairly contemporary fabric (no thirties scraps or Civil War reproductions; sorry!) Blessedly, the book had instructions on how to do set-in (in-set?) seams:
I tried it by both hand and machine:
|Can you tell which is which?|
Here's the block now...still in pieces, without stem or leaves...modelled after the photo in the B H &G book.
|Single Peony block under construction|
In other news...MOB stitching and Christmas knitting continue...and I finished a third 'mini' so that I could put all three in the mail to Different Strokes Gallery yesterday:
|Prairie Oasis (C) 2014|
My morning computer time is over...must away -- but first, I'll like this up to WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network. See you later!