Giggleswick Mill by Di Ford Hall
Each month in 2017 I am featuring a quiltmaker who specializes in reproduction quilts, drawing inspiration from quilts of the past.
Center of the Ann Dagg Quilt by Di Ford
Di Ford Hall
Di Ford Hall is one of the most influential quilt artists of the early 21st century. She's helped make Australia a capitol for accurate historical patterns.
Road 66 by Di Ford
You can find her patterns in her two books from QuiltMania Publishing in France.
Primarily Quilts...2 will be shipped to the U.S. next month.
The books' names echo her history in the quilt business. In 1980 she began working at the Primarily Patchwork store in Canterbury, Melbourne, and two years later bought the shop. What ashopping experience that must have been. After closing the store in 2006, she's devoted her time to patterns, books and teaching.
Center of the Phebe Quilt
Di is particularly attracted to medallions and has patterned several
classic early-19th century quilts made in England and the United States.
The Phebe Quilt was inspired by the Phebe Warner quilt
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Read more about the original Warner quilts here:
Above the Rain
But it's not all medallions.
From Primarily Quilts 2
Di's new book is subtitled: It's All About the Fabric.
Details of her repro quilts reveal a wisely chosen, monumental
stash of early reproduction prints.
I occasionally recognize some of the prints I've done (in that bird's body on the right). She must
still have fabric she stocked in the store.
Di is contributing to our current stashes with her repro lines
The latest is Giggleswick Mills.
Few early 19th-c. repros ever make it past fabric companies' marketing departments who tell us that these quirky early prints don't sell well [compared to more profitable graphic prints]. Di's fabulous fabrics are an exception.
Collaborating with Petra Prins
Mount Mellick by Miriam
Di's patterns inspire many other quiltmakers to make historical quilts. Above:
an all-hand stitched version of a mystery quilt series from QuiltMania in 2014.
Ellen Borg's Phebe quilt, quilting by Katrina Quilting
Miss Porter's Quilt
Read more about this quilt and its inspiration. It's one of my favorites.
See what Di is up to at Facebook: