QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues. It's not all blue.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Morris Hexagon: Rings of Hexies

Barbara S's hexagons on the design wall. She has a plan.

Plan in EQ7
See the pattern here:

These concentric rings of hexagons were a rather common
idea in the first half of the 19th century.

Quilt dated 1804 by Rebeckah Morrison.
Collection of Natalie Norris,Virginia.
Fussy cut flowers in the alternate rings.

A black & white photo of one signed M. Clapper,
shown in the magazine The Clarion years ago.

The rings of white hexagons are filled with a 
sampler of stuffed quilting. It was attributed to Maryland.

A chintz bordered version from Carolyn Miller's collection.
Quite similar.

From Petra Prins's collection.

Maybe late-19th century.

This one's hard to make out from the photo...rings of white
 alternating with red and green stars.

You can get a similar effect with a lot more work
if you alternate rings of dark and light hexagon blocks.

From Cow Hollow Antiques at Ruby Lane.
It'd be worth the effort though.

Margaret Stanga 
Louisiana Project.
Quilt Index

Frederica Josephson quilt, about 1850.
Collection of the National Trust of Australia.
This is the original of this impressive quilt.

Replica of the Frederica Josephson quilt by
The Fairholme Quilters Guild.

Many repros of Frederica's quilt have been made.
It's sometimes called Candied Hexagons for a 2005 pattern from Australian Quilters Companion by Kerry Dear.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Indiana Quilt Project: Applique

By Hannah Tiebout
The slides from the Indiana Quilt Project are online at the Quilt Index.

"The Indiana Quilt Registry Project, Inc. (IQRP) was formed in 1986. The files are now at the Indiana State Museum. Over 6400 quilts were registered under the leadership of Marilyn Goldman (Secretary IQRP) and Marguerite Wiebusch (Documentation Chair IQRP). The project was supported by public donations and through memberships and group sponsorships of registry days throughout the state of Indiana. Quilting groups, historical societies, and quilt shops, as well as interested individuals, participated. The Cummings Engine Company, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana State Museum, and the National Quilting Association were ardent supporters of IQRP's efforts."

6,400 quilts made in Indiana and elsewhere up to 1986

See them here:

I focused on mid-19th-century applique quilts while I was whizzing through the grid of pictures.

Indiana quilters stitched many popular designs like
this Democrat Rose by Martha Rohrer Hoover.

But there were also unique designs.

The family called this one the Lattemore rose.
Notice the border vine floral.

By Lucy Leach Clone

Creativity would be something you'd expect in the state that was home to Susan McCord.

Susan McCord's One of a kind Floral Urn
in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum.

Marie Webster's Indiana Wreath

Marie Webster was from Indiana too

The project pictured this quilt by Margaret Kirkpatrick Harlan in their book.

Margaret's floral urn is a lot like Susan McCord's Floral Urn

Thanks, Susan McCord by EuJane Taylor
from our Susan McCord pattern book
Our Favorite Quiltmakers

We combined both footed urns in the pattern.
See more here:

There were more Pumpkin Flowers in Indiana than you'd expect

Attributed to Ione Slaver, Crawfordsville

And fewer of these vase borders than I expected. 

This one by Leta Duckwall Vore was made in the 1930s, probably from a magazine pattern.
You see so many of the vine and vase border along the National Road from Virginia to Illinois
that I thought there would be more in Indiana.

Mid-19th-c by Harriett Wimmer.
I saw several with this coxcomb swag border

but fewer Princess Feathers than I expected

This one with a heart in the center is a late-19th-c example.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Baltimore Blues: Winter Migration

Winter Migration by Sharon Denney Parcel.
Pattern in McCall's Quilting magazine (Nov/Dec 2016 issue)

Sharon Denney Parcel made a lovely winter quilt from my latest reproduction fabric line called Baltimore Blues.

The pattern is in the magazine or you can download a digital pattern for $6.99 from McCall's site here:


You can also buy a kit for the top for $119 from the magazine:

Sharon has written a blog post featuring a technique for making the pinwheels inside the Martha Washington star in the blocks:

Make the quilt now. Put it on your bed in July when you could use an early frost.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Irish Chain Plus Chintz Border

Triple Irish Chain with an appliqued vine border.

Quilt styles change. Perhaps the biggest reason for change is interest in novel fabrics. In the 1840s calicoes seemed to grab every quilters' attention.

Block quilts of red and green were IT.

Replacing the old-fashioned taste for chintz and softer contrasts.

Shelburne Museum Collection:
Early-19th-century medallion with chintz borders.

Irish Chain quilt from Stella Rubin's shop

But sometimes it's hard to leave the past completely behind.

An up-to-date Irish Chain of green and red calicoes
with a very out-of- date chintz border.

From Julie Silber's Inventory

So there is a whole class of quilts---Irish Chains with chintz borders.

Double Irish Chain, possibly Maryland, circa 1820. 
International Quilt Study Center & Museum. 1997.007.0811

Online auction

Click here to see the whole quilt:

None of these is date-inscribed and they might go back to the 1820s, but I'd guess most are from the 1840s when red and green quilts became the rage. 

Although here is one dated "1850" by Mary T. Barnes in 
the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Change is hard. I just got a new phone.
Now I need a new purse.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Double Four Patches in Morris Earthly Paradise

Double Four Patch
The pattern is BlockBase #1103.
I figured out a free pattern for this period quilt.

The repeat is hard to see in the quilt above but it's simple.

Here it is
drawn up in EQ7.

It's two double four patches, a light and a dark.
Here they are shaded in my Morris Earthly Paradise fabrics with
a plain ivory Bella Solid.
The blocks are alternated and placed on point.

Earthly Paradise
90 x 90 inches
Double Four Patch blocks finishing to 8"

It looks complex but you can see it's just simple four-patches on point,
with complex shading.
Morris Earthly Paradise JellyRoll

For contrast a Bella Solid in very light.
Perhaps 2-1/2 yards?
And your favorite dark Morris print?
2-1/2 yards?

Morris Earthly Paradise, 
Compton in Damask Black.
Cutting a large-scale print into 4-1/2" squares would provide a lot of variety.
Or just go to your Morris scrap bag.

Cutting an 8" finished Four Patch
To make the most of Moda Precuts for the four-patches.

Cut A - 4-1/2" square
Cut B - 2-1/2" square

Just keep sewing till you run out of fabric.
How big is it going to be?
You've got about 7-1/2  yards of fabric. (Jelly Rolls contain about 2-3/4 yards.) It should be full-bed size once you cut it all up into small pieces and sew it back together again.