Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Redwork Pattern V

I have a lot of vintage and antique redwork quilt patterns and quilt blocks.  I want to share more patterns, and think I now know how to attach a PDF for you.  There are 36 patterns in this group. The original blocks are 9 inches.  If you plan on doing them I would at least make them 10 inches and trim them later. Always best to have the extra fabric to trim. It takes a while to clean them up, so I'll post a few at a time.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Old Glory Quilt Pattern by Mary Erckenbrack

This was a quilt pattern printed in the newspaper, c. 1940 by Mary Erckenbrack. 
Old Glory Quilt Pattern by Mary Erckenbrack

Old Glory
Click the link for the pattern.

A favorite quilt I am lucky to own, actually not a quilt, more like a coverlet. It is in excellent condition, looks like someone just finished making it. Old Glory Quilt Pattern by Mary Erckenbrack

Monday, September 3, 2012

Restoration Quilt Wash

Several years ago I bought this quilt from an online auction.  I was pretty upset when I received the quilt.  Blue marking lines all over the quilt that the seller had neglected to show in any of their photos.  For me the quilt was a lost cause.  So I figured what is the worst thing that could happen to the quilt if I soaked it in Restoration?  Now, I am not trying to sell you anything or recommend that you try this at home.  I am just sharing what I did and what happened for me.  And it is a quilt from my guess 1940 to maybe even 1960. Hopefully you can see all the blue markings in the photos. And this blue was not the popular blue marking pen lots use today.  I am not sure what kind of marker made the blue lines. Note the red and green fabric.  It did not fade in any way.  The colors are just like they were before I soaked the quilt. So you can see the BEFORE pictures.  And then the after.

 I did have to soak this several times. There might be a little tiny bit of blue hiding on the quilt, but really it is so hard to see.  I recently soaked a white wholecloth quilt.  Very dirty, lots of spots and stains, yellowing.  It turned out beautiful.  I have used it a lot on redwork blocks and redwork quilts. I have not had a a problem with any of the embroidery fading.  In fact right now I have a whole stack of things waiting for their turn in the soak.  I always say you have to make the call yourself whether you use it on your quilt or fabric.  No guarantee it would not ruin something. My decision  is always based on the worst that could happen to a quilt I maybe don't feel I could live with the dirt, stain, etc.

Many years ago as my kids were growing up I used Biz in the laundry.  And I used Biz on old quilts and blocks.  But about 6 or 7 years ago, something happened to Biz and it was no longer the same formula.  I learned the hard way.  I put a 1930's pink and green quilt into a Biz soak and the pink ran all over the place.  I should show you a pic, but I would have to go dig it out of the bottom of a closet.  I had never had that happen before with Biz. I happened to have an older box of Biz and compared it to a new box. Different ingredients were listed on the box.  So long story short, I tried a whole bunch of different products to try and find something that preformed like Biz.  That is when I found Restoration. I like it a lot and use it a lot. I use it so much I had to become a dealer. You can buy it from me if you are in my area. Or direct from Engleside.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hexagon Mosaic Charm Quilt

Really lucked upon this beautiful, crisp, never used, never washed hexagon, mosaic quilt.  Just recently had a chance to really exam it up close.  My DH and I spent a couple of hours looking at all 1613,  1 1/2 inch hexagons.  So far we have not found any two alike.  It is so much fun to look at.  When I first started looking at the round of pink hexes, I thought "are these reproductions, I know I have some of this fabric".  I went to the stash and pulled out my tub of pink repros.  I did find one, and I found a star print that I have in another color.
See the red one with stars, I have this in a pale gold.  I know I have it in other colors, just have to keep searching my stash. I bought a lot of reproduction fabric in the 90's.

 The light pink hexagon  in the middle is the one I have in a reproduction print.  Not sure of the manufacturer.  I know it is an early repro, I have had many years. How do I know that, I use to think I should serge the edges before I prewashed everything. Not only do I not serge anymore, I don't prewash anymore either!

Oh, the shirting fabric, I haven't even started to look through all of those.  I love shirting and have a lot. And all those browns, love, love.  I bet you can even find some you have.  Okay, everybody bring your repros over and let's look for more reproduction fabric.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Red and Green Crib Quilt

This charming early crib quilt is 40 inches by 62 inches. I found this in New Jersey this summer and just love this little flower. So sweet.

Wouldn't it be fun to reproduce?  That is just what I thought.  So I made a simple pattern. I would love to share the pattern with you.

The only way I know how to do that right now is for you to email me that you want the pattern and I can send you a PDF file.

Thanks to a wonderful son, you can now Click Here to get the PDF pattern. For a 14 inch block increase pattern by 200 percent.

The block is 14 inches finished. Everything is a solid fabric except for the pink, it is a tiny little stripe.  Pretty simple applique. Just think of all the ways you could make this your own design. No copyright here, just go for it!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bucilla Kit Quilt

Cross Stitch Kit Quilt


American Provincial


No 2868

Quilting Design