The Bearded Iris in my garden are just about to bloom. These Iris were a gift from a neighbor who got them from her grandmothers farm. I have no Idea what variety they are or how old, but they bloom beautifully. Here is a picture from last year
My “quilt head” friend Kristen in NY sent me a few pictures of her collection of Iris that are blooming now
All the Iris blooms made me think of an Iris Applique quilt kit that I have been itching to start.
This Kit was made by Tobin Home Crafts. In 2005 Design Works acquired Tobin Home Crafts, and still produces the kits. This pattern has been around for quite some time. A vintage kit just sold on eBay for $249
Here is another one from a recent auction
These kits were made by the “Progress” Co. I have to assume that at some point Tobin bought out the patterns because it is the same pattern. My Kit is not 100% cotton as the older ones were but the 50/50 should wear well.
Here is a look inside the kit to show all the parts you get
I have not done much applique in the past but I think the kit is a good way to get started. I have a peachy pink backing fabric to use that I think will go well with the Iris appliques.
I looked up the pattern in the quilt index and here are a few examples.
I think I would also like to make one of these using a dark fabric for the background, perhaps a dark purple or even black. I plan to copy all the applique pieces before I use them so I can reproduce the pattern.
I will post pictures of the progress once I get started.
Happy quilting ! and happy spring!!
Here are the instructions that came with the quilt kit
( click iris instructions for PDF file)