Sunday, June 10, 2018

Waste not, want not: the Postage Stamp quilt

The Postage Stamp quilt—a scrap buster project if there ever was one.
Antique postage stamp quilt top. Patches are finished to 1/2 inches square.
I was visiting Margaret at Quilt Connection [Murfreesboro, TN] last month and she said, "Veronica, I have a quilt top you might want to see." She was right!

Wow... and Double-Wow!
Antique postage stamp quilt top.
Even though this postage stamp quilt—a name given to this type of quilt pattern because all the patches are about the size of a postage stamp—is a scrappy quilt, you can tell [she] had a design plan. Standing at a distance, you can see the concentric dark/light rings.
The outside rows of the postage stamp quilt.
The precision of the piecing is amazing. These are 1-inch squares that finish at 1/2-inch.
Patchwork squares finish at 1/2 inch.
Several different fabric types can be found in the top... cotton prints, yarn dyed wovens (homespuns), solids, shirtings, a few flannels...
Fabrics: cotton prints, yarn-dyed, shirtings, flannels.
Don't you love the moon from a novelty print peeping out of this patch?
Novelty moon print.
Here is a reference of the size of the patchwork.
Look at the size of these pieces!
Every piece was not on grain, but this quiltmaker was persistent in her workmanship. And she even pieced some of the 1-inch pieces (see the red squares)!
Some of these small patches were even pieced.
Realize this is all hand pieced!
All hand pieced.
Back of the postage stamp quilt top. Hand pieced.
I don't remember what Margaret said the size of the top was, but you can see it would cover a bed. Lots of tiny pieces!
Antique postage stamp quilt.
This quilt top reminds me of the story about the 1863 Jane A. Stickle quilt. The quilt that was the impetus and inspiration of the Dear Jane book by Brenda Papadakis.
Center of the antique postage stamp quilt.
What was going through this quiltmaker's mind as she worked on this project? Were the fabrics from personal and family clothing? Did she collect scraps from other places (fabric mills, perhaps?) or from friends or neighbors? What was happening in her life during the assembly process?
Back of the quilt top showing the hand stitches.
If only these quilt tops could talk.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Return to sewing with a Ghastlie vengeance

In my travels, I'm thrilled to hear more and more interest in apparel sewing is popping up in quilt shops and independent sewing centers. Have you caught the bug?
"A Ghastlie Craft" by Alexander Henry Fabrics
previewed at Spring Quilt Market 2018.
If you're a quilter, you already have many of the skills needed to sew garments for yourself or family members. See this post where I used a form of "crazy patch"—a common quilting technique—for a knit pull-over. Here is another jacket I'm working on that incorporates quilting patchwork.
Patchwork on a jacket back. Fabrics are cotton yarn-dyed from Diamond Textiles.

Garment sewing featured at recent Quilt Market
Amy Barickman, from Indygo Junction, was at the Diamond Textiles booth at the recent Spring Quilt Market. Here is Amy, talking about garments made with Diamond Textiles' fabrics using her patterns. Simple silhouettes... casual wear and stylish... and easy to make.

You're not alone!
So, who's ready to make garments? When I was a guest speaker at the Madison Station Quilt Guild in April, I asked, "are there any garment sewers in the audience?" There were 5-7 members that raised their hands

Ask the members of your quilt guild. There are likely friends you already know that are making garments... as well as quilts.
"A Ghastlie Casting" from Alexander Henry Fabrics.
Take your quilt-making skills to another level. Expand upon them to add beautiful "patchwork" to your wardrobe, too.
"A Ghastlie Notion"  from Alexander Henry Fabrics.
Wield your shears! Brandish your threads and sewing notions! Extol your creative passion with fabric and stitch and do it all: quilting, sewing and garment making. Contact YLQS [your local quilt shop] and ask about classes and garment sewing supplies.

And wouldn't it be fun to incorporate a Ghasltie character on the back/front/sleeve of a garment??? 
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