Saturday, October 31, 2015

B-2 Blue Flag Month Two

Original Blocks in SVBAQ by Esther
History and Details of the Original Block
Row Two, Column Two, Sew Along Block 2

"Labeled 'Blue Flags,' an old fashioned nickname for Iris.  
Esther created her Irises from glazed purple chintz, probably of English origin.
The brownish- purple buds were originally a vibrant mauve, a strong clue to dating cotton fabrics pre-1853."    Neva Hart

The inked flower name is near the stylized base of the left flower.

Esther's block - Showing the Echo Quilting

Another photo of the original quilt showing the echo pattern in Esther's hand quilting.  Same block - different lighting darkens the appearance of the fabric colors.

There is a light age spot on the tip of one leaf on the right - not a stitching feature.

Reproduction Block - Dawn's 9" Block
Dawn's Blue Flag Block

I am making my quilt in 9" blocks.  I chose 19th century reproduction fabrics.  My quilt will be all hand sewn.

I used a dark purple print instead of a glazed cotton.  The lower purple leaves are a brown purple to reproduce the look of an unstable purple dye.  I used three green prints - one in the leaves and base, two prints on the stems.

I chose to ink the names on each block before stitching.  I used a font the looked rather Spencerian and printed each flower/block name for tracing.  Tips on inking are HERE.

Spencerian writing was popular in the 19th century.   It is a graceful script I can't freehand.

Block Strategies & Assembly
Back Basting Stem Detail With Sewing Needle Tip
I use back basting for all of my appliqué.  I am particularly pleased with the accuracy I can get using it for the small stems in my 9" blocks.

I first baste the first layers - the pieces behind others:  leaves, petals and short stems and applique those down.  Next, I baste the second layer of appliqué - the pieces on top of the first layer - long stems, more petals and leaves.  After the second layer is appliquéd down I baste the third layer - stems, calyx etc.
In this example I used a bias cut stripe.
One side of the stem is finished, the second side is basted, ready for needle turn appliqué.

I also stitched mine just like Esther - one stem on top of the yellow center, and one under.
Back of Block With Calyx Pieces Up Next

In this photo you can see how close I am to the original drawn pattern lines.  With back basting I can needle turn as accurately as the traced pattern line - even on very, very narrow stems.

All person choice!  No one way is the right way.  If you are looking for options, be sure to visit the Applique Tutorials Tab HERE.

The last step to finish was basting the calyx pieces after the buds and stems.

I hope you enjoy the Blue Flag block as much as I did.
Did you finish a Pineapple block or two? Three?
Have you posted photos to Facebook yet?
Just getting started?  Great, join in at any time.
We would love to her from you!

Dawn & Doreen

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pineapples - Mid Month Progress

A Collage of Finished Pineapple Blocks

Mid Month Progress

Wonderful to see so many quilters busy at work on their Pineapple blocks!

We are linking up with our blogging friends to share their progress.

Please be sure to visit them by clicking on the thumbnail pictures at the bottom of this post. (check back often as we will be adding more links over the next week or so) To see even more pictures of the beautiful blocks and chat with other quilters participating in the Sew Along visit the SVBAQ facebook page.

Esther's Antique Block and Inked Lettering
The original blocks were inked with the names of the botanicals.

Will you ink your blocks or perhaps embroider them?

Are you using Pine Apple as Esther did?
Adding a flourish to your font?

In this example Susie chose machine embroidery to label her block.

If you've completed a block that you'd like to share and you don't have a blog email your picture to us.  We also encourage you to post it to the SVBAQ FaceBook Page.

We can hardly wait until November 1 - How about you?

No need to create a new blog post if you've already posted your Pineapple blocks. Simply add the url address of that post where indicated when you click the link above.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pineapple Blocks A-1, E1, A3

Block from Esther's Quilt
Welcome!  We are so happy to have you here.  Drum roll Please....
The first block in the Sew Along is the Pineapple Block(s).  This block is repeated three times in the quilt - in three colors.
Block History and Details From the Original Quilt   by Quilt Historian Neva Hart
"Block A-1 (Pink) Pine Apple (sic)
The Pineapple motif has been popular since colonial days and is a symbol of hospitality.
The design was commonly used in quilts made in the Middle Atlantic region."

Block from Esther's Quilt

"C-1 (Red) The same green print fabric was used for all 3 pineapple blocks, which probably employed a template. Three different green prints were used on the quilt."

Block From Esther's Quilt

Locust Grove, Esther’s home place, was known for its "gracious hospitality." Three pineapples on the quilt would have been appropriate for a visitor’s bed at Locust Grove." ... Neva Hart

Month One - Pineapple Reproduction Blocks - Doreen's

I am making the blocks 16" using fabrics in shades of Red & Taupe. 

These vintage inspired fabrics are from various lines designed by French General for Moda.

Block Strategies & Assembly

Note:  You might want to ink your blocks (flower names) before you begin stitching
Barbara, at Baltimore Garden Quilts has a great inking tutorial HERE.

Because the block design is not perfectly symmetrical, I numbered each of the pineapple sections on my pattern to keep track of piece placement.
Each of your pattern pages contains an asterisk (*) which indicates the center of the block design. Either crease or mark lightly with a removable marker or chalk pencil, the center of your block's background fabric and center this over the asterisk mark for registration/alignment purposes.

  • Applique' the top leaves onto your background first. 
  • Next, add the 4 Pineapple fruits. 
  • The final step is to add the pineapple base/stems. 
Note:  I created the Red Pineapple by following the pattern design which shows the intersecting base/stems as ONE piece.

Upon closer inspection of the original Pineapple blocks, I discovered that the intersecting stems were actually pieced in overlapping sections.
I added pencil lines to the intersecting part of my Paper pattern.

Esther's Pineapple Intersecting Stems
Pencil Line added to the pattern
Then I assembled my remaining 2 pineapple blocks using 3 base/stem sections.

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 We will be linking up with other blogging/stitching friends for a wonderful Show & Tell session the 15th of each month.   Also take some time to visit the tabs on this blog for additional tips and details.

This will be a great opportunity to see the blocks other quilter's are making and perhaps even read a few tips and techniques they might share as well.

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Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt Sew Along

Happy Stitching!