Thursday, January 29, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Did you know...
Historians believe that the hexagon pattern might be one of the oldest pieced quilt patterns?
Pieced hexagon quilts had roots in England as far back as the 18th century.  It is thought that the mosaic patchwork was most likely fashionable among upper class women who not only had the time to spend on the intricate hand work, but also had access to paper.  Also, many of the shapes were fussy cut suggesting that the quilters had the luxury of  wasting fabric to highlight a specific part of a print.
Immigrants soon brought the hexagon pattern to America.  Templates for these quilts have been found that were made around 1770.  The earliest known American made hexagon quilt is dated 1807 while an English hexagon quilt is dated even earlier.  Most likely they were made for years before that time, but quilts back then were often not dated and few of the quilts from the era have survived.
One of the oldest Hexagon quilts from England

 Godey's Ladies Book, founded in 1830, published the hexagon pattern in 1835.  It is thought to be the first pieced quilt pattern published in America.  All things English were emulated by American women during this period and making hexagon quilts was very popular in England.
 During America's pioneer days, “paper” quilting became very popular.  Interestingly, paper was scarce in early America and women often saved letters, newspaper clippings and catalog pages to create patterns.  In many cases, paper templates were not removed from the quilt – the paper served not only as a template, but as extra insulation.  These paper templates have become important pieces of history both preserving first-hand glimpses into pioneer life and also serving to help date the quilt.  It may be that the challenge created by the lack of paper was responsible for the increase in popularity of the standard quilt piecing techniques that the U.S. is known for.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quick Piecing tricks - show and tell....

Double Wedding Ring made by Sherry. She used the preprinted fusible interfacing from Quiltsmart to make the quilt. 

 Faye completed a quilt using the blocks from our Buck-A-Block program. She made a really cute pieced back and machine quilted the quilt herself. She fell in love with Thangles after making this quilt and bought more while she was here to make a table topper for her next project.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cheery Tabletopper

We loved the simple, artsy table topper that Laura shared. She used leftover Kaffe Fassett striped fabrics and a bag of wool circles from Little Quilts for a great, contemporary look. Love those mitered corners!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Time for an easy block!  I love the William Morris look of this one.

 The fabrics I used are shown below.  There are lots of ways to cut the fabric to get a different look.

I thought you might like to see some of the blocks one of our customers brought in to show us.  She's using all the pinks and browns from her stash to make her blocks and is using a variety of shirting prints for her backgrounds.  She has about 35 blocks completed and they were lovely.
I think Lucy Boston would be so excited to see all of our variations of her quilt!

Need additional paper piecing supplies?  They're available on our website.

Check our Pinterest Board often to see new blocks made by all of you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Precuts...big time savers

Jane finished putting the binding on the table topper she finished in our Charm School class. This was a great quilt-as-you-go project that was so quick and easy the students were able to finish it before they went home!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

If one is good, two are better...

Susan stopped by to select fabric for another purse. Her “winter” purse, pictured is made from the “Mini Bow Tucks” pattern by Quilts Illustrated.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Very Mysterious...

“M is for Mystery” is a block of the month mystery quilt that began in January of 2014. The participants just received their last packet in December. What a surprise when Diana came in last week with this quilt top completed and it is a huge quilt, something like 120” long. This is what you can accomplish if you keep up every month! A fantastic job, Diane!