Monday, January 30, 2012

Document Print & Reproduction

The 10" Layer Cakes
The featured print in the 1862 Battle Hymn repro collection is a large paisley that forms a serpentine stripe.

I called it Yorktown after an 1862 battle site. It comes in 5 colorways.

Battle of Yorktown from Harper's Weekly

The document print (the source) was in a swatchbook.
We had just enough to figure out the repeat and it works in a really graceful fashion.

The document print was shades of a steel blue with accents of a true black and a pinkish tan, color combinations you wouldn't really see during the Civil War. I thought the swatchbook was about 1880. You can see in the swatch book above the paisley a very bright floral done in the new dyes developing about 1880---NOT Civil War.
The print itself seemed quite appropriate for a Civil War memorial if it was recolored in shades more like natural dyes. In the reproduction collection we did several in madder-style reds and browns, and one subdued navy blue. It's dated on the reproduction selvage as 1870-1890.

It's going to make some terrific borders.

Bettina Havig sent me a snapshot of her first border in her Hewson medallion. She cut a single stripe out and appliqued it. I told her she's a genius.

Friday, January 27, 2012

More Things That Can Go Wrong

A snapshot brings up some intriguing questions:
Is it a rug? Is it just one of those things with shall we say, unresolved edge issues.

A top from about 1900. More questions. Border or ruffle?

Will it quilt out?

Was polyester double knit ever a good idea?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

150 Years Ago in the Civil War

Julia Ward Howe published the
Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1862

2012 is the 150th anniversary of the second year of the Civil War, the second of five years. This year's reproduction print collection 1862 Battle Hymn, commemorates events of that year when Americans realized that the Confederates were not to be intimidated or easily subdued, that Union armies needed training and leadership and that Civil War meant battles in the front yard.

A family stunned by the nearby Battle of Cedar Mountain, 1862
Detail of a photo from the Library of Congress

Julia Ward Howe wrote new words to the song that Union soldiers sang as they marched. Her Battle Hymn of the Republic was published in the February, 1862 issue of the Atlantic Monthly, to become an American classic.

Read more about Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn in this post on my 2011 Civil War blog

Timothy H. O'Sullivan photographed the Virginia family outside their house where a Confederate General died. They happened to be in the way when the battle broke out.

Behind them broken furniture, trees and fences.

Hampton Roads
Each of the 8 prints in the reproduction collection is named for a battle from that year.




Cedar Mountain




See a gallery of pictures from 1862 in the Library of Congress by clicking here:

And keep up with the New York Times's Disunion blog that records the year 1862 in short essays:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

World War I Quilts

Quilt recording soliders who served, made in Harveyville, Kansas
Collection of the World War I Museum, Kansas City

Since we are all living through World War I in Downton Abbey here are a few of the many quilts associated with that particular war.

Another from Kansas City's World War I Museum
See more about the museum here:

It''s similar to one made from uniforms and service flags by Herbert James Smith 
in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum

Elizabeth Marthaler Stauf, Marysville, Kansas. Collection of the Kansas Museum of History
Fundraiser thought to have been made in 1915 to commemoriate Spanish American War. From WillyWonky's blog. See more here:

A very faded Red Cross quilt

The most common are signed fundraisers for the Red Cross
You can find these in local history museums all over the world

From Timaru, New Zealand

To Odebolt, Iowa

The photos of people are from the Library of Congress

Want to see more? Just do a search for images World War I Quilt or World War 1 Quilt or WW1, etc.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Checkered Past: Free Pattern

From the new 1862: Battle Hymn collection.
The Battle of Hampton Roads in 1862 involved ironclad ships.
The print is called Hampton Roads, the colorway Merrimack Blue.
 The Merrimack was an ironclad ship.

Here's an EQ mockup of Checkered Past
Click on the PDF for a free pattern for this quilt for my Civil War reproduction collection 1862 Battle Hymn.

It makes use of 2 alternating blocks

The checkerboards are pieced of 2-1/2" squares, so it's suitable for a Jellyrolls of strips.
The star points require bigger pieces but I bet you have some scraps around.

The medium-sized print Hampton Roads would make a good border.

This print reminded me of the rivers along the Virginia coast.

Hancy Reynolds

The PDF pattern is free---not copyright so you can print it or link to the PDF to share it on your own blogs, in guilds. I encourage shopowners to give it to customers.
Hancy Pitcairn Reynolds is the face of this reproduction collection. She was born in Massachusetts and lived in Illinois and Iowa. The war touched her as it did every American. Her daughter's husband was a Union soldier who survived. Her granddaughter married a man whose father died as a prisoner in South Carolina. She's my friend Bobbi Finley's many-times greatgrandmother. We love the name Hancy and think her portrait captures the spirit of women who lived through the war.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Penguin Threads

Penguin Books has re-published some classic novels with cover illustrations in stitchery under the imprint Penguin Threads.
Artist Jillian Tamaki embroidered the illustrations.
A nice gift for a girl ready to read the classics---or anyone who likes the book.

And see Tomaki's big embroidery project, her Monster Quilt.
Here's what she says:

I’ve taken up embroidery in a very enthusiastic yet clumsy way. It was pleasant to work in an unfamiliar medium with some real inherent limitations. And, oddly enough, it was kind of nice to produce something that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Every Civil War Reproduction Line Needs a Neat Stripe

Narrow stripes, known as neats in the fabric industry,
were a fashion necessity after 1860 or so.

Like this madder-style stripe in my newest Civil War reproduction collection for Moda.
1862 Battle Hymn is in shops in the precuts including Fat Quarter Packs.

This particular stripe comes in five colorways

I named the prints after Civil War battles from 150 years ago.
The neat stripe is called Cedar Mountain.

This colorway with it's madder reds and dulled oranges is named Culpepper Peach.

The navy blue at left is Farragut Blue and the lighter, steel blue Merrimack Blue.

There are two neutral (what we might called taupe) colorways---on the left Stonewall Gray and in front Sharpsburg Tan.
The blues and the neutrals are rather subdued, evocative of the national mood in 1862 when everyone began to realize that the War would be a long and horrible conflict.

Roseanne Smith has some 2-1/2" Jellyroll strips and some 10" Layer Cakes. She's been busy with the neat stripe in the peach colorway.

She loves to miter
I could see a whole quilt out of scrappy nine-patches with mitered frames.

I'll post more about the prints, colors and themes in 1862 Battle Hymn. The yardage should be out any day.

Read more about stripes in the mid-19th-century at this post of mine a few years ago: