Wednesday, July 27, 2016

stags and hounds...


I've lots to catch up on. Am behind but diligently working on my BOM and took a wonderful workshop with one of my quilt idols last week but feel so saddened by the news in our crazy world that writing about quilting seems a bit trivial. Found this beautiful 1870's antique quilt that sums up it all up perfectly. Reminiscent of Matisse's paper collages, the appliqued upper half portrays a peaceful scene of a tree of life surrounded by flying doves. The lower depicts deer being hunted by hounds.  Can't think of a better image in fabric depicting the duality of light and dark/beauty and horror in our lives these days...


Le Cauchemar de l'elephant- Matisse



Saturday, July 16, 2016

alabama UPDATE...



 

In my previous post, I wrote about my desire to draft the pattern for a particularly challenging antique quilt. Well the amazing Jeanneke has already drafted this block including templates in 8", 6" and 4" sizes. Even better she is offering these patterns as PDFs free for download!!! Thank you so much J. for your efforts and generosity:) :) :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

alabama star...


Barbara Brackman's latest blog post is about the most beautiful star quilt from Alabama that a friend of hers is restoring. You know it is rare when the most noted quilt historian living has never seen the pattern before. This is one of those antique quilts that gets your heart racing. I'm determined to unlock this quilts piecing secrets and above is my first hand rendering of the geometry. Time to get out the rulers and the dreaded compass. Pattern draft challenge accepted...