Thursday, July 21, 2011

Northern Lily/Southern Rose Block 5


New York Lily
By Ilyse Moore

Here's the fifth block in the applique Block of the Month that Susan Stiff and I designed for Moda to show off my Civil War Reunion fabrics in 2011, the 150th anniversary year of the beginning of the Civil War.
Susan Stiff's mockup from the pattern
using prints from my Civil War Reunion
 and greens from the Moda Bella Solids.

Each of the nine applique blocks is a regional pattern from North or South. I called the fifth block New York Lily as I had seen several New York sampler quilts that included this triple flower with a leaf-like oval in the center.

The pattern is a classic applique design seen from about 1840-1890 in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, an image easily traced to earlier Germanic folkarts in the U.S. and Europe.

Pennsylvania plates dated 1782 and 1816
From the Index of American design

The design is a triple flat floral with an oval center, somewhat like a pomegranate, somewhat like a lily.


I used Moda Bella Solids for the pink, red and yellow. To capture the depth of the old over-dyed greens I used a woven with blue-green yarns going one way and yellow-green another---what used to be called a changeable weave.

New York Lily
By debi schrader
using prints from Civil War Homefront


Northern Lily/Southern Rose
by Ilyse Moore
Ilyse is way ahead of debi and me. She's set her blocks with a strip sashing and is shopping for a border. Her blocks are 8" instead of the 12" blocks in the pattern.


Susan set hers together with alternating square-in-a-square blocks that form stars. The instructions for this set are in the pattern. Several shops are selling patterns and kits for this year's Northern Lily/Southern Rose. Ask your local shop to order it from Moda/United Notions.

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