The designer is clever. A traditional fan pattern becomes the tail feathers of a bird. She has some interesting patterns for women and girls in a very large scale that is interesting as well! Enjoy!
Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend!
Even when quilting wasn't extremely popular, it seems like quilts were still made for babies. This weekend I checked on some online sites to see what is available.
There were more than I expected that were machine appliqued. Not to be unkind (and I'm a women who's used this technique) but I'm grateful that we have better these days. During the mid-20th century, there appears to have been a trend of doing zig zag machine applique.
24 Days Until Spring!
"Among the earliest recollections of our childhood was the
AMPLE OLD SCRAP BAG
that hung in the closet. It was sort of a family savings bank, into which all the odds and end bits of dry goods were deposited. It contained scraps left from the dresses of all female members of the female family connections, from the grandmother down to the baby. If a neighbor volunteered a contribution in the shape of a roll of scraps, it was accepted as the highest favor that one lady could offer to another in those primitive days.
When the capacious receptacle was filled to its utmost extent, the sorting out of pieces, the blending of different styles of prints, and the harmonizing of colors preparatory to the long thought of manufacture of a quilt, was a joy of which ladies of the latter day have never dreamed.
For now times have changed. Scrap bags are memories of the past, and people don't hoard up their dress clippings to make quilts of, for modern inventions have supplanted the old time industrial arts. Today's quilts, the most bizarre of almost every known pattern, cut and color, are printed all ready for the frames and are sold for eight cents. 'Sic transit,' etc."
Ladies and gents, today we are going to play a new game offered here at Pennsylvania Piecemaker. It's called "Phases and Crazes." Are you ready?
I've spent months working on Christmas and kids' quilts. It's fine and I'm happy to be using up the fabric. But here's the thing...after a while, it feels like I've been eating nothing but candy for weeks. Eventually we all want a piece of meat, baked potato and a vegetable. This all brings me to the evenings when the tv is boring (usually), and I look at antique and vintage quilts online for inspiration.
My meat, potato and vegie dinner are two color quilts these days. In particular, I gravitate to navy and white quilts. I don't know why, perhaps it is calming, perhaps it is just a cleansing of my visual palette.
I found this one last week at Etsy (here):
Happy Monday!Some of us have stories of really successful quilts that we completed.
That isn't this story.
But it's true...
Today I'm continuing the brief but interesting phase of what was called "paper quilts" by journalists. Although I've never read a book that mentioned the phrase per se, I found enough newspaper articles to draw a fairly good rendering.
There is always a lot of talk about what folks used as batting in their quilts. Years ago, quilt historian Xenia Cord did an article for AQSG on unusual things found inside of old quilts--the most memorable item being a mid-century rubber bath mat. Beth and I found in one of my quilts, a part of a pieced petticoat and a cut-up child's sailor shirt: