Monday, November 30, 2015

A-4 Mountain Laurel Month 3

History and Details of the Original Block Row Four, Column  One, Sew Along Block 3 "This plant, a harbinger of Spring, grows wild in the Appalachian Mountains. The design "Laurel Leaves," especially with crossed stems, was a favorite of quilters in this part of the Valley during the mid-1800s." ...Neva Hart
Original Block in SVBAQ by Esther
History and Details of the Original Block
Row Four, Column  One, 
Sew Along Block 3

"This plant, a harbinger of Spring, grows wild in the Appalachian Mountains. The design "Laurel Leaves," especially with crossed stems, was a favorite of quilters in this part of the Valley during the mid-1800s." ...Neva Hart


The inked botanical name is found centered at the base of the crossed branches.

.I think it's interesting to see that Esther chose to quilt on top of her applique' work in addition to the echo quilting she did around the botanicals.  Notice that she used white thread, this was fairly common in early baltimore album style quilts.
Inking and Hand Quilting Stitches on Esther's Block
I think it's interesting to see that Esther chose to quilt on top of her applique' work in addition to the echo quilting she did around the botanicals.  Notice that she used white thread, this was fairly common in mid 19th century album style quilts.

Reproduction block - Doreen's 16" version

This is my 2 color version in fabric shades of Red & Taupe.  I used light & medium value taupe prints for the leaves and a darker linen/taupe solid for the stem work.  The buds were stitched in a small red print and the heart shaped blossoms from a "faded" red solid.

I am using a mix of hand applique' techniques in the quilt.  Allowing each block to dictate my methods of prep work and sewing.  Below is a mini outline of how I assembled this block.


Block Strategies and Assembly:


First I added the background leaves.  Next the buds and blossoms.  Then the crossing stem work and branches,  the left and then the right.  I treated the stem work as one piece, but you could add the smaller stems first and then the larger branch that connects them together.        (click on picture to enlarge it) 





To create the stem work, I traced the pattern onto freezer paper.  Cut it out and ironed it onto the RIGHT side of my fabric.  I used a white chalk pencil to trace around the edges of the paper, peeled off the freezer paper and then cut away the stemwork leaving an 1/8" seam allowance for needle turning under.




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HAPPY STITCHING!
Doreen & Dawn








Saturday, November 14, 2015

B-2 Blue Flag Mid Month 2 Progress

Month Two - Blue Flag Mid Month 2 Progress
It is so fun to see the variety of fabric choices and techniques.  Stitchers have used every applique technique - and all kinds of fabrics.
From soft 1930's colors to rich batiks on dark ground colors - and what about modern prints on gray?  Can you find the wool applique?
All beautiful!
A few are doing pot holder and 'quilt as you go' techniques - they will have finished quilts as their list of completed blocks grow.

Esther's designs from 1858 interpret so well to the 21st Century.  Imagine what she would think if she saw our work.
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email us photos with permission to post them on this blog or Facebook for you.  We will help you share.

For those following and not stitching, you can join in at anytime!  We will share some of those blocks in the next post.  We have new stitchers joining each week, you will be in good company.

Tempted to start another set of blocks?  Several of us have - seeing all of this inspiration and support is so motivating.



Are you thinking about sashing?
Fussy cutting fabrics?
We are seeing fantastic interpretations.

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Happy Stitching!
Dawn & Doreen