Here is a little peek at my reproduction civil war era fabrics.
This week I have been off work, and among other things I have decluttered and tidied the sewing loft. In August it will be six years of sewing there, and a little elbow grease was in order to keep it inviting and inspiring.
Oh no! There are more civil war repro scraps than the box will hold. So, I took a break from cleaning and made scrappy botch handle (aka devil's claw) blocks. Mr. IQ likes this block, says it looks like a medieval mace. We will see how many turn up from these scraps. It takes about one chubby eighth (9x22 inches) of a light and a dark to make one 8.875 inch block, but if you have strips just find a similar chunk and include it instead. That is what I did with the block on the right.
Civil War reproduction scraps yield botch handle blocks
These are my two favorite pincushions (above). A milk glass parfait with a handmade cushion inserted and the sunflower with a ladybug button in the center. The parfait has loops that fit a seam ripper in - so convenient! The sunflower pincushion was designed by Anna Maria Horner, she calls it Wildflower Pincushion and it's available here.
Here are pictures of my antique thread holders/sewing caddies.
The thread holder on the left was gifted to me by a kind friend. It had a terribly faded tomato pincushion on the top, which is now stashed in the drawer with other goodies that came with it. The one on the right I discovered in an antique shop with several thimbles which are my size. How cool is that? I have left them in the drawer, but if I need one, it's there for me. Each of these holders came with the wooden spools of thread that are on them too.
Have a great weekend...let's drink in the last week of Spring!
This morning I read of the pieced whig rose on Ms. Brackman's Material Culture blog, and I immediately went back to those pictures I took of that quilt to look more closely at the construction of the whig rose blocks.
What do you think? Hard to tell from a photo that you cannot zoom. There is *nothing* like studying a quilt in person. I cannot see enough antique quilt exhibits! Anyway, after inspecting the few photos I have, the three roses with dark centers seem to be pieced to me. In the rose on the upper left, I detected piecing seams in the center portion. In the other two I saw hints of them, but since it's quilted in a cross hatch pattern, it's hard to tell if I am seeing quilting lines or pieced seams.
One of the many things I love about quilting is I am always learning something! There are more pictures from that exhibit posted here.