Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More Josephine for my Simon Quilt

Wonderfully wrapped bundles of Josephine by French General just received from the Loopy Ewe for my Simon quilt's stash. The little packages were almost too pretty to untie. Their prices are reasonable and their selection is great--highly recommended.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Simon - a quilt from Petra Prins

I have been gathering fabric, mostly Josephine by Moda's French General, to make a Simon quilt [1775-1800] as reproduced by Petra Prins in her lovely book, Promenade in a Dutch Garden.

Since the original quilt is only 62" x 76", I have added 2 rows of hour glass blocks to each side and top and bottom, to better fit my bed.
I first scanned the quilt diagram x2 and cut and taped in new rows and scanned and reprinted. I now have a model from which to begin my quilt.


New size.

BTW: the lovely pink, red and white stripe you see at the top of the box is what I will use for sashing borders.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Disappearing Nine-Patch Table Runner

A house warming gift for a new arrival to the village--a disappearing 9-patch table runner using golds and browns from my fabric stash.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dear Jane Quilt Using Moda's French GeneralFabrics

I have found a blogger who is using French General fabrics to make a Dear Jane quilt. I thought I wouldn't fall under Jane's spell, but I won't be able to resist …

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hexagons …

My thanks to Hilda, Every Stitch, for information on hexagons and links to other blogs with superlative details on hexagons: Collector With a Needle and Faeries and Fibres. Be sure and scroll down the pages as more articles are listed at the end of each.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ramoneur (sooty) Brown

Ramoneur, chimney sweep or sooty brown, was a popular color for 18thC patchwork. It can be found today in French General's Josephine old brown.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jane Pizar Marriage Quilt Date?

I have fallen in love with patchwork, specifically 18thC European patchwork. For some reason, I always remembering thinking that patchwork was only American. How wrong I was! Barbara Brackman, Quilt Historian, has a wonderful post on the Jane Pizar wedding quilt, and I believe like Brackman, that it dates to the end of the 18th Century. The only problem I see is it will cost a fortune to acquire all the snippets of fabrics to reproduce such a beauty! But I am well on my way …

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cutting Hourglass Blocks From Strips

My thanks to Vicki's Fabric Creations for sharing a chart on how to cut hourglass blocks from strips. I am gathering strips, charms, fat quarters and yardage to make a Dutch-inspired quilt. I will be using Fons&Porter's Half and Quarter Ruler as I am concerned in getting the most from my limited fabric stash. Part of the charm of this quilt is its scrappy quality. Chintz design is «Virginia» from Windham Fabrics.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I just received my paper of handmade, tinned brass pins from At the Eastern Door. Now I can stock the several hussifs I am making for my various workbaskets and pockets.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Needleworker's Pincushion

From Chardin's 18thC painting - a pincushion for the table made from Rouenneries scraps from French General fabrics. The top of the pincushion is stuffed with wool threads for ease in adding pins--the bottom is stuffed with buckwheat hulls for stability.
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