A little while ago I saw the Fabric of Society exhibit. Some amazing quilts with their history documented by Annette Gero. I bought the book, too. The most expensive book (that is not a textbook) that I’ve ever bought. I’ve implemented a no eating rule for looking at this book, and considered a white glove rule as well but I didn’t have a pair so that fell by the wayside. But definitely no food near the book.
Victorian Quilters are having a contest for quilts made based on quilts in the book – there are 30 or so patterns included. I like a contest – apparently I have a competitive streak – so thought I might have a go at making a different (for me) sort of quilt. The one that intrigued me most is this one – Mrs Keens’s Quilt. The quilt wasn’t travelling with the exhibit, it’s kept at the Queenscliffe Historical Society. It has cats and ponies on it – it’s completely bizarre.
This one didn’t have a pattern in the book, so I am trying to recreate it from the pictures and draft it myself in EQ5. The original is hand pieced over papers, but I am going to use modern methods. I think I’ll use foundation piecing for most of it, plus the little bits of applique. After a couple of false starts I’ve managed to do these:
The block is supposed to be 10 inches, but it’s a fraction under that, probably because of the number of seams involved (14 X 14 squares that should be 3/4 inch each). Just as well I measured the finished blocks, because I can adjust the rest of the quilt easier that I can fix the sizing on these ones.
I just need to get a few other projects out of the way so I can get stuck into this. I want to start embroidering the ponies. And cats! lots and lots of cats!