Friday, October 10, 2008

Creating new patterns

I have been busy creating three exciting new patterns. They are reproductions of antique quilts. I have a doll quilt that is c1870, and the pattern is Mel's Olde Doll Quilt. Another is Yesterday's Rose, or "Folk Art Roses". These are also available at Harper's Fabrics and Quilt Co. in Overland Park, KS.

The last pattern is Butterfly Charm Quilt. This design is available at Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit, MO.
The photo at the right is a doll that I made at a Renee Plains doll class, and the quilt is a log cabin design that I made a year ago.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My first quilt pattern:

There is a story that leads up to the making of this quilt:
In 2005, I found an antique strip quilt at an antique mall in Wichita. It was in shambles, so I wanted to re-create it. I made 16-patch blocks like the ones in this quilt. They were then sewn together in long rows. I made too many blocks, and then I made some more!
This quilt was made with the leftover blocks. A line of reproduction pink fabrics had recently been released, and the "double-pink" sashing fabric worked well. The sawtooth border idea came from many pictures of 19th century quilts. The sawtooth border design was very popular. I did notice that the sawtooth block could be arranged in a multitude of directions, and often the quiltmaker would vary the directions, and even just cut them off wherever the border ended. The blocks did not have to be perfectly matched! Modern day quilters prefer for the borders to match, so this pattern has detailed directions on how to accomplish this task.
The pattern was made for a strip club at Harper's Fabrics Shop in Overland Park, KS. This was the March, 2008 pattern. Thank-you Harper's Fabrics for motivating me to design more patterns! Patterns are available at the shop, and the quilt is on display there through Fall, 2008.
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