Tuesday, May 22, 2012

what is old is new again...



I love to collect books filled with antique quilts from everywhere in the world.. The history, the use of color and the improvisation within them are fascinating. Like many other people, I find old quilts inspiring. My most recent find is "North Carolina Quilts". It is amazing how modern-looking some of them are.

You would expect this quilt...



to be have been made by someone like this...




Instead, it was sewn by this lovely woman Mrs. Callie Elizabeth Wooten Godwin Jackson in 1939...




The first patchwork was sewn by Winnie Cook Fox in the same year almost three quarters of a century ago! Both of these timeless quilts are ripe for reinterpretation... Am thinking shot cottons for the first and some shibori dyeing for the second. How would you remake them?

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  1. Ok, for the first quilt I'd probably be prone to employ a scrappy selection of some of the smaller patterned Kaffe Fasset fabrics. For the dyed quilt....well, having seen the fabric and liking as much as I do....I'd try to duplicate the design but with purple dye.

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  2. Great ideas! Especially purple for the tie-dye...

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  3. Wow that is amazing to think it is that old. Definitely looks like it is from the '60s!

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    1. I wonder what kind of dye she used. It looks like indigo...

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