Saturday, 19 April 2014

Baby Quilt and getting historical

Firstly, a very Happy Easter to all stitchers and crafters!

I've been a bit quiet here for a few reasons, but mainly because a week ago I became a (step) grandmother, aka Nana Rose!   Grace Eleanor was born last Saturday, making DH a grandad and his mum a great-grandmother!

I have, of course, made baby her first quilt,  Grace's Flower Garden,

The large flowers are appliqued on, and the lower picture shows the quilting. I outlined the flowers with stitch in the ditch, then quilted inside each petal, and finished with a diamond shape in the borders. It was a really enjoyable quilt to make. The pattern is by Nancy Mahoney, originally called Pink Dogwood, and can be found in  101 Fabulous Small Quilts by That Patchwork Place.

Meanwhile I have been getting all historical....yes, historical, not hysterical !

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had joined the British Quilt Study Group after enjoying a Research Study Day last year at the Quilt Museum, York. I submitted a small article to The Quilter magazine, reflecting upon the day and what I had learned, and was very excited to have that published in the current Spring edition.

Quilt history, both here in the UK and in the States is a huge but fascinating topic, and I have been reading and researching  various themes recently, particularly about British  'frame' quilts like the one I looked at on the Study day last year - here's a reminder,

Photo courtesy of the Quilt Museum, York

and I've also been reading a lot about the American Civil war, and about women's history and quilting during that time. More on that in another post, but meanwhile I have begun to collect some lovely  19th century reproduction and civil war era fabrics,

And, a new project, some hand applique which will form the central panel of a small quilt. here it is all pinned and ready to stitch. I prepared the pieces using the starch and freezer paper method.

Happy Easter, and enjoy some Slow Stitching!

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