Friday, January 22, 2021

Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Prince's OR Princess Feather?

                                      Welcome to block 10.

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The photo above is a detail of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is gorgeous cross hatching, even
through the applique'.
So soft!

This is one of a few
variations on 
Prince's Feathers I 
have in my collection.

I have a dear friend in Illinois
that likes to go searching for 
treasure (one of our favorite
past times when we are together) 
and she finds the best deals!
On occasion I will get a
pic and a question mark
text from her.
This was one of those texts.

It is beyond lovely even with holes:)

Let's talk Prince's Feather variations.
Most of these quilts are 
straight forward plumes.
Sometimes the maker dresses 
them up with additional details 
(flowers or leaves) set 
between the plumes as with this one.
Another variation to look for
is the center where the plumes
meet. Is there an additional
detail such as diamonds to 
cover ends?

ASSEMBLY TIPS
My biggest tip is to 
pin the center wheel in
place first to use as a basting
guide for the feathers/vines.
Once they are basted, 
stitch away:)

WELL-LOVED LADIES 
SAMPLER PATTERN
FULL PATTERN

Feathers TEMPLATES ONLY

where I showcase the 
variations of designs.

I am excited to announce 
this lecture is now available
in ZOOM format.
Guild program chairs can EMAIL me 
for availability:)


ADDITIONAL READING 
& Eye Candy:)
The links below go into more depth about 
either the history of the block OR 
FAB pictures of variations.
Barbara Brackman will blow you away
with all the variations she has accumulated!!
ENJOY~

Barbara Brackman
I searched "princess feather" and
found THIS...
and THIS...
Beauty for the eye:)

For my plant lovers:




Sunday, January 10, 2021

Well-Loved Ladies QAL: APPLES

Welcome to block 9.
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The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is to-die-for triple rods, even
through the applique'.
So soft!

I call it Apple Basket but it 
could also be a tomato plant.
Fun Fact about tomatoes...
They were thought to be poisonous.

This was purchased on my way
home from Paducah in 2017 in a 
cute little shop somewhere in TN.
It is beyond lovely even with holes:)

Let's talk Apple or Tomato variations.

I haven't seen one like this one 
in my studies but the layout
of a center vine/stems is common.
So, with a more common layout, the fruit
can go either way...apples or tomatoes.
What grows in your garden?
When you search for apples, what
often comes up are love apples 
which we did HERE.
I think you will see the differences.

ASSEMBLY TIPS
Such a nice straight forward
design that my tip is 
Enjoy it:)

WELL-LOVED LADIES 
SAMPLER PATTERN
FULL PATTERN

Apples TEMPLATES ONLY

where I showcase the 
variations of designs.

I am excited to announce 
this lecture is now available
in ZOOM format.
Guild program chairs can EMAIL me 
for availability:)


ADDITIONAL READING 
& Eye Candy:)
The links below go into more depth about 
either the history of the block OR 
FAB pictures of variations.
Barbara Brackman will blow you away
with all the variations she has accumulated!!
ENJOY~

Barbara Brackman
I searched "apples" and
found this...
I searched "tomato" and
found this...





Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Coxcomb

Welcome to Block 8.
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The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is cross hatch even
through the applique'.
So soft!

I went to search coxcomb for 
the plant information link and
look at this definition I found:
NOUN 
archaic: a vain and conceited man; a dandy.
synonyms: fop · beau · man about town · 
bright young thing · glamour boy · rake .

I laughed and laughed!!
Not sure why but I did:)

So, this was purchased this from 
a collector while in Paducah for my 
appraisal training when I fell
in love with the colors and layout.

Let's talk Coxcomb variations.
This design is most often 
combined with currants hence
the Coxcomb and Currants we
often hear of when titles
are being tossed around.

Mine does have a currant in 
the center which was our
block 1 in the sampler.

The unique bit about mine is
the layout using sashing vs.
setting them block to block.

Here are some lovely 
examples at the Quilt Index.

ASSEMBLY TIPS
Lots of little inside curves
on this one so the biggest
tip is take your time!!
Whether you hand applique'
this or machine, slow down
when you get 
into those valleys.

WELL-LOVED LADIES 
SAMPLER PATTERN
FULL PATTERN

Coxcomb TEMPLATES ONLY

where I showcase the 
variations of designs.

I am excited to announce 
this lecture is now available
in ZOOM format.
Guild program chairs can EMAIL me 
for availability:)


ADDITIONAL READING 
& Eye Candy:)
The links below go into more depth about 
either the history of the block OR 
FAB pictures of variations.
Barbara Brackman will blow you away
with all the variations she has accumulated!!
ENJOY~

The plants are beautiful! Britannica

Barbara Brackman

Monday, December 7, 2020

Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Laurel Leaves

  Welcome to Block 7.

The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1850 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is cross hatch with 
a FAB red applique' scallop border.
The leaves are done in 
various green prints.

I purchased this from a collector
in Maryland who only collects from
that region so we have a lovely
Mid-Atlantic quilt in 
the style of the day.

Let's talk Laurel Leaf variations.
There really aren't that many
variations as it is very straight 
forward in design.
When one varies it does
so in the shape of the 
red leaves at the end being
lobed or pointed.
The other variation I have 
seen is when 4 more leaves
are added in the center of
the vine crossing in a 
NSEW layout to fill in
that space.

Here are some lovely 
examples at the Quilt Index.

If you love the block so 
much you would like to 
make a full quilt, try
placing blocks on point
for another view.

ASSEMBLY TIPS
Once your vines are in 
place, there are dots at 
the leaf bases to assist
with alignment.
I recommend using a 
large tapestry needle to 
poke through the holes
so that a pencil lead
will easily fit inside
for marking.

Here is a bonus layout
for those that fall head 
over heels in love 
with this simple and
sweet design!

WELL-LOVED LADIES 
SAMPLER PATTERN
FULL PATTERN

Laurel Leaves TEMPLATES ONLY

where I showcase the 
variations of designs.

I am excited to announce 
this lecture is now available
in ZOOM format.
Guild program chairs can EMAIL me 
for availability:)


ADDITIONAL READING 
& Eye Candy:)
The links below go into more depth about 
either the history of the block OR 
FAB pictures of variations.
Barbara Brackman will blow you away
with all the variations she has accumulated!!
ENJOY~





Sunday, November 15, 2020

Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Cherry Tree

 Welcome to Block 6.

We are now half way 
done with blocks:)
There will be a bit of a 
holiday break and I will 
be back with the next
block December 6th.
Gives you plenty of time
to catch up to us:)
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Above is my ca 1860 
Cherry Tree quilt.
I loved it the minute I laid
eyes on it just for how
unique it was and 
the QUILTING!!
Quilted in 1/4" cross hatch 
with feathered wreaths
at the intersections.
OOH LA LA!

It came to me early in 
my appraisal study so I 
went to the professional who
knew way more than me 
(historians and dealers).
No one had seen this pattern
before except my dealer
friend, Cindy Rennels.
Below is her pic.
It had sold already as
Cindy is a dealer.
There is a small part of 
me that thinks
these two are related
somehow due to rarity 
and having the same quilting.
So let's talk variations...
I haven't really found any
for my design.
I have found other designs
that are called Cherry Tree and 
I have included links below 
for Quilt Index, Barbara B.,
and IQM.  
It really is a mystery:)

The Quilt Index has quite a few.
Enter the rabbit hole at your
own risk:)
https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=26-22-4166
This was the earliest I 
could find in a search 
of Cherry Tree and it
is dated 1852:
S. Z. Wilhoit March, 
1852 by her mother


ASSEMBLY TIPS
When you look at the 
applique' it is mirror image.
The templates are created
as mirror image for the top
and the bottom halves.
You will need to tape
pages together.
Easy and fun:)

Come quilt along with us
as we learn about the quilts
that inspired my 
WELL-LOVED LADIES 
SAMPLER PATTERN
FULL PATTERN

Cherry Tree TEMPLATES ONLY

where I showcase the 
variations of designs and 
it is exciting to announce that 
this lecture will become available
in ZOOM format in 2021
for so many more guilds to access
and see all the lovely details.

ADDITIONAL READING:
The links below go into more depth about 
either the history of the block OR 
FAB pictures of variations.
Barbara Brackman will blow you away
with all the variations she has accumulated!!
ENJOY~



InternationalQuiltMuseum

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Rocky Road to Love

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Meet ROCKY ROAD TO LOVE 
in the Winter 2020 issue of
I have always loved the look and 
feel of this magazine so it is 
an honor to be amongst the pages.

My piece was inspired by 
a ca 1900 crazy quilt-esqe 
variation with embroidered hearts
that I came across during research.
The block is Rocky Road to Kansas
along with other names.

Many of us have had a rocky
road to finding love and so
once that thought entered
my brain, I was off to create:)

Here is a great article to 
read more about the history 
of the block....

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For fabrics I chose to work
primitive muslins for that soft
'looks like wool but isn't' look.
My hearts are needle turn
applique' and it turns beautifully.
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My tip for marking is
to use a thicker needle 
(I used my embroidery needle)
to poke holes every 3/8"
or so that I can get the point 
of a pencil through.
As you can see in the picture,
a fun round of connect
the dots gives the perfect
line for embroidery.
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When it was time to mark
for quilting, I used the 
freezer paper hearts from
my needle turn tracing.
Iron them down where I 
want them, quilt around,
then remove without residue.
Easy!

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Don't forget that label:)
I get busy and throw just
the basics on before shipping
but will now go back to add
some more info and
'Published' date.

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Here is an exciting YIPPEE moment...
I was in 2 different shops that day
and found Rocky Road to Love
hanging out with my Wayward Sisters

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As you can see I was in 
a very lovey mood last year:)
I also hope you will remember
my skills next time your guild is 
looking for a new teacher.
My military 'jack of all trades'
designation has definitely transferred
over to my quilting  and I look 
forward to meeting you.

 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Turkey Tracks

 Welcome to Block 5.

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The photo above is a portion of
a circa 1860 quilt in my collection.
The quilting is triple rods in the 
background with echo quilting
within the applique' pieces.
This lady LOVED to hand quilt:)
I really love her winding border too.

Most often it was done only in red 
and green so finding a yellow
and green is fun & different.
Sometimes it was appliqued
and sometimes it was pieced.
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LOVE the border on this one!
Both of mine are applique'...Yay!!

The original name of this
block was Wandering Foot.
The fun MYTH that goes with
this block is that the original name
was changed due to a superstition 
about it bringing wanderlust to
the owner of the quilt.
It is a fun story that you
can read HERE.



So let's talk Wandering Foot
or Turkey Tracks variations.
This design is also sometimes
called a tulip so let's look to
Barbara Brackman, Queen of
design indexing.

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns:
3 variations of Wandering Foot &
1 Turkey Tracks.
https://encyclopediaquiltpatterns.blogspot.com/

Encyclopedia of Applique'
there are 2.
https://encyclopediaquiltpatterns.blogspot.com/
Neither of these searches
included the word tulip.

The Quilt Index has quite a few.
Enter the rabbit hole at your
own risk:)
https://quiltindex.org//view/?type=fullrec&kid=6-3-1180
This particular one was made
by Mrs. W.P. Butler 1850-1875

ASSEMBLY TIPS
The center
was stitched in place.
I then stitched my 3 petals together
before using the outer seam 
allowance to hand applique'
my complete set to the 
background.

Come quilt along with us
as we learn about the quilts
that inspired my 
WELL-LOVED LADIES 
SAMPLER PATTERN
FULL PATTERN

Turkey Tracks TEMPLATES ONLY

where I showcase the 
variations of designs and 
it is exciting to announce that 
this lecture will become available
in ZOOM format in 2021
for so many more guilds to access
and see all the lovely details.

ADDITIONAL READING:
The links below go into more depth about 
either the history of the block OR 
FAB pictures of variations.
Barbara Brackman will blow you away
with all the variations she has accumulated!!
ENJOY~



InternationalQuiltMuseum