QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues. It's not all blue.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lovely Lane in Baltimore Blues

Mid-19th-century fashion demanded stripes.

In dresses...

and quilts.

A mid-19th-century quilt in the bear paw pattern from the Quilt Index and the Iowa Project
It would look good in my new Baltimore Blues collection for Moda, which includes a couple of striped prints. You could use November's Bear's Paw pattern from my Westering Women BOM. Click to see it:

The most dramatic print in Baltimore Blues is this bold stripe from the 1840s

The stripe comes in three neutrals,
Talbot Tan (a buff-color), Sassafras Brown and Ivory colorways

Georgann Eglinski is using the Lovely Lane
stripe in a medallion quilt she's making

to frame her John Hewson panel.

The print is called Lovely Lane after a Baltimore
landmark, the Lovely Lane chapel, a Methodist church built
before the Revolutionary War. The church is now a museum
devoted to Methodist history.

The Museum has a quilt collection including this Baltimore Album
made for the Reverend Hezekiah Best.

In May Teri & Kara at the blog Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye joined the Baltimore Applique Society for a lecture by Marylou McDonald at the Lovely Lane Museum. They saw five quilts in the museum's collection and did a great job of photographing them.

There were four Baltimore Album Quilts and one whole-cloth quilt for us to view.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Morris Hexagon: Rings of Hexies

Barbara S's hexagons on the design wall. She has a plan.

Plan in EQ7
See the pattern here:

These concentric rings of hexagons were a rather common
idea in the first half of the 19th century.

Quilt dated 1804 by Rebeckah Morrison.
Collection of Natalie Norris,Virginia.
Fussy cut flowers in the alternate rings.

A black & white photo of one signed M. Clapper,
shown in the magazine The Clarion years ago.

The rings of white hexagons are filled with a 
sampler of stuffed quilting. It was attributed to Maryland.

A chintz bordered version from Carolyn Miller's collection.
Quite similar.

From Petra Prins's collection.

Maybe late-19th century.

This one's hard to make out from the photo...rings of white
 alternating with red and green stars.

You can get a similar effect with a lot more work
if you alternate rings of dark and light hexagon blocks.

From Cow Hollow Antiques at Ruby Lane.
It'd be worth the effort though.

Margaret Stanga 
Louisiana Project.
Quilt Index

Frederica Josephson quilt, about 1850.
Collection of the National Trust of Australia.
This is the original of this impressive quilt.

Replica of the Frederica Josephson quilt by
The Fairholme Quilters Guild.

Many repros of Frederica's quilt have been made.
It's sometimes called Candied Hexagons for a 2005 pattern from Australian Quilters Companion by Kerry Dear.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Indiana Quilt Project: Applique

By Hannah Tiebout
The slides from the Indiana Quilt Project are online at the Quilt Index.

"The Indiana Quilt Registry Project, Inc. (IQRP) was formed in 1986. The files are now at the Indiana State Museum. Over 6400 quilts were registered under the leadership of Marilyn Goldman (Secretary IQRP) and Marguerite Wiebusch (Documentation Chair IQRP). The project was supported by public donations and through memberships and group sponsorships of registry days throughout the state of Indiana. Quilting groups, historical societies, and quilt shops, as well as interested individuals, participated. The Cummings Engine Company, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana State Museum, and the National Quilting Association were ardent supporters of IQRP's efforts."

6,400 quilts made in Indiana and elsewhere up to 1986

See them here:

I focused on mid-19th-century applique quilts while I was whizzing through the grid of pictures.

Indiana quilters stitched many popular designs like
this Democrat Rose by Martha Rohrer Hoover.

But there were also unique designs.

The family called this one the Lattemore rose.
Notice the border vine floral.

By Lucy Leach Clone

Creativity would be something you'd expect in the state that was home to Susan McCord.

Susan McCord's One of a kind Floral Urn
in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum.

Marie Webster's Indiana Wreath

Marie Webster was from Indiana too

The project pictured this quilt by Margaret Kirkpatrick Harlan in their book.

Margaret's floral urn is a lot like Susan McCord's Floral Urn

Thanks, Susan McCord by EuJane Taylor
from our Susan McCord pattern book
Our Favorite Quiltmakers

We combined both footed urns in the pattern.
See more here:

There were more Pumpkin Flowers in Indiana than you'd expect

Attributed to Ione Slaver, Crawfordsville

And fewer of these vase borders than I expected. 

This one by Leta Duckwall Vore was made in the 1930s, probably from a magazine pattern.
You see so many of the vine and vase border along the National Road from Virginia to Illinois
that I thought there would be more in Indiana.

Mid-19th-c by Harriett Wimmer.
I saw several with this coxcomb swag border

but fewer Princess Feathers than I expected

This one with a heart in the center is a late-19th-c example.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Baltimore Blues: Winter Migration

Winter Migration by Sharon Denney Parcel.
Pattern in McCall's Quilting magazine (Nov/Dec 2016 issue)

Sharon Denney Parcel made a lovely winter quilt from my latest reproduction fabric line called Baltimore Blues.

The pattern is in the magazine or you can download a digital pattern for $6.99 from McCall's site here:


You can also buy a kit for the top for $119 from the magazine:

Sharon has written a blog post featuring a technique for making the pinwheels inside the Martha Washington star in the blocks:

Make the quilt now. Put it on your bed in July when you could use an early frost.