I got a few new antique blocks in the mail this week. I plan to collect enough to make them into an album quilt. (click pictures to enlarge)
It is always interesting to me how the dyes used in the 1800’s change color over time. The red and the cheddar fabrics have held their color while the greens in these blocks have changed. The dye process was an over-dye , fabric was dyed blue, and then yellow (yellow and blue make green). If the yellow dye was more fugitive than the blue and begins to fade away the fabric becomes more blue-green (teal). If the blue dye was more fugitive and fades more than the yellow the fabric becomes more yellow-green (poison green). Barbara Brackman has a great post about antique green fabric on her blog. http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2011/07/green-calicoes-antique-prints.html
The blocks are all different sizes but average 20″ square. I will need about 12 blocks to make a full quilt. I could reproduce the blocks to fill in but I think I will wait to find more and keep it all antique.
The work on the blocks is very good. here is a picture of the stitching
and remember they did it all without freezer paper or glue or computer printed templates.
There are still a lot of blocks out there to be found. Ann Champion came across a great one recently. Check it out on here blog here: http://annchampion.com/?p=1561
I will keep updating as I find new blocks.
Meanwhile an update on the quilts I am working on this week:
Pineapple Applique 6 blocks done 6 to go
I’m making progress on the Old Italian Block scrappy quilt, Over 1/2 done
When I hand quilt I always start in the center of the quilt and work out to the edges. This allows me to work out any extra fullness or wrinkles that I might have missed when I basted. I work them out to the edges. Here is a close up of the “by the piece” quilting (quilting stitches follow each piece in the block about 1/4 inch from the edges)
I still have to decide how to quilt the border….I think a rope design.
The new garden is coming along
I got the posts in for the arbor and now have to build the top. The posts are antique porch posts that came from a flea market in Iowa.
I also added a few solar lights
More to come, It’s too hot to work outside this weekend, and as dry as can be! Fingers crossed for rain!!
Happy Quilting and Happy Gardening