QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Daredevils Quilt Along


Well, last winter when it was so cold we were all bored and looking for something new to sew. The results, now that it's so hot:

A Daredevils Quilt Along

I was playing around in BlockBase and  EQ8 with a block I liked.

A Laura Wheeler design from the 1930-1950s.
That fictional Laura had a way with corners

Pinkish dots.
I thought: You could make a sampler with pink dots in the corners.

A gauzy representation of the EQ sketch of the final sampler

So I drew one up in EQ8 with 15" blocks.


I found the patterns (mostly from '30s newspapers)  in my BlockBase program, exported them to EQ8 and modified them to have a common corner so we’d get some dots as a secondary pattern.

These are not easy blocks. I am not going to sew this.

But I knew just who to call.

Becky, Denniele & Dorry!

So now it is July and we are planning a Quilt-Along for 13 weeks starting on August 3, 2019.
Every Saturday into October you'll find a free Daredevils pattern here for a 15" block.

Bessie Coleman, 1922

Blocks are named for daredevil aviators in the early days of flying.

In keeping with the theme of daredevil pilots and passengers, patterns will not be beginner's blocks, but if you enjoy a challenge you should join.

Blanche Stuart Scott

I'd print the patterns on paper (you'll need to print each corner design 4 times), add seams for the fabric and piece these over paper (English Paper Piecing). But many of you eschew the paper piecing because you can do one of these on the machine with one hand tied behind your back (well, maybe not literally.)


A few of the designs with central wheels could be pieced over paper foundations, (You might have to add a seam or two.)

45" x 60 with no border

With a border to finish out the dots:
52-1/2" x 67-1/2"

Fabric
For the dots: You could use various prints of one color or a single print....
If one pink fabric: You need a half yard of pink - with the border 3/4 yard. Four fat quarters if you are going to mix.

Backgrounds. Either a single print or many shades: 2-1/4 yards with no border; 2-1/2 with. 

For the blocks: Six half-yard pieces of medium light to dark.


Here's Dorry's color scheme. She uses fabric to tell a story -in this case early women pilots.
"I chose blue for the background to represent the sky - this particular Moda solid blue is called "Amelia" so once I saw that I knew I had to make it my background choice because, of course, I associated this with Amelia Earhart. The quarter circles at the corners are white to represent the puffy clouds in a blue sky day - I hope even a Daredevil does not wingwalk on a stormy day! And lastly that chartreuse color - well, only a daredevil would use that color in such great amount!

Each block will have something in it that flies (birds and butterflies so far) and will also have some dots (to recognize both Barbara's doggie and Denniele's love for dots). At least for now all the white fabrics come from stash piles."
Dottie Barker thanks you, Dorry. She enjoys being the center of attention.

Sixties quilt? All it needs is dots in the corners

The blocks are based on some complex designs of the 1930s & '40s so you might want to get out your mid-20th-century repro prints---or just adopt their daredevil color palette. The rule in the 1940s: Any color goes with any other color, as long as you throw in a lot of white.

Maybe the forties
We won't be doing this block but the color idea (an accident) is perfectly daredevilish.

Rules are few. In fact the model makers, as usual, followed their own muses, flying off in their own directions.

You'll see.

Florence Klingensmith

First Saturday in August---First block
Here's our Facebook Group


Ask to join. We'll let you in whether you are a daredevil or somebody who 
likes staying on the ground and watching.

And if you'd rather you can have the whole set of patterns now from my Etsy shop.
Color PDF, 28 pages to print yourself for $12:

Or I will print them in black and white and mail them to you for $16

Friday, July 12, 2019

Masonic Quilts & the Hasson Sisters



Under the welcome sign:
"A.E. & S. E. Hasson"

Ann Eliza Hasson (1846-1919) and Sarah Eleanor Hasson (1848-1936) operated a millinery establishment on Main Street in Rogersville, Tennessee.


One of the frame buildings at the end of the street.

The Hasson sisters left a remarkable pair of quilts.

Over on the right, out of sight here Sallie appliqued
"Sallie E. Hasson"

Sallie's quilt was displayed recently in a show at the Tennessee State Museum. Curator Candace Adelson found out a little about the sisters.

This black and white photo appeared in the magazine The Clarion in 1985
when Sallie's quilt was still in a private collection.

The bird's eye view features a checkered floor...

an important part of Masonic imagery.


What's even more remarkable is that Ann Eliza made an almost identical quilt.

A photo of Ann's quilt is on the label at the Museum.
Where Sallie's has her name Ann appliqued "Overton Lodge No. 5"

The local Order of the Eastern Star, the Masonic ladies' auxiliary is named the Hasson Chapter #179, founded in 1917 and named to honor the family, who were instrumental in founding the group.

The Hasson sisters were born in Virginia, the eldest children of John Hasson.

Menerva is apparently their stepmother

1860 Census

John was a railroad mechanic, an engineer by inclination, and the family moved to Hawkins County, Tennessee in the late 1850s, probably because the area sat atop a handsome type of limestone known as Tennessee Marble. John quarried building rocks on his farm about four miles west of town with innovative mechanics. The quarry was called the Cave or Choptack.

Tennessee marble quarry
The variegated stone was in demand in the late 19th century for monumental buildings like Baltimore's City Hall.



When his youngest child George died at four John Hasson carved his
tombstone from the decorative limestone.

Father John, Sallie and Ann were all involved in Masonic Societies.

The Overton Lodge now meets in a former bank building in Rogersville,
built in 1839.


These striking quilts might have been the talk of Hawkins County but we haven't found any written or published records, perhaps because Masonic matters were often secret---reserved for the elect.



One can imagine women showing off their quilts at Masonic conventions and meetings. The Hassons seem to have taken part in a fashion for dramatic representations of Masonry.

Made in Orangeburg, South Carolina
shown on the Antiques Roadshow

The whole quilt

Collection of the Henry Ford Museum
From the Quilt Index

20th century, unknown maker, Michigan State University Museum

Monday, July 8, 2019

BlockBase Sold Out


If you go to the Electric Quilt website you get this message:
"BlockBase is out of stock until 2020. Please check back later."


(After we totally revise it.)

We're talking here about the program Electric Quilt did with my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, digitizing it so you could draw any of over 4,000 patterns any size.

The new version will have a new operating system

Be compatible with either PC's or MACs

Have a different interface

And have more features.

You'll still be able to identify patterns by their names and sources
and draw them as templates, rotary cutting or paper piecing.

And export them into Electric Quilt to recolor or add to quilts.
We have to redraw all 4,000 plus blocks (I use the term we loosely).

It's not like I'll be doing it.

They have people at EQ.
I hear they have 901 blocks redrawn.
It's going to take a while.

How would you improve BlockBase?