This morning I read an interesting article written by Barbara Burnham in the May newsletter of the Baltimore Applique Society. She talked about quilting ideas for applique beyond the usual outline plus grid design and shared some good pictures. Since I am working on refolding my quilts I thought I'd study some of the quilting in the antiques. Those of you who study antique quilts know you always find something new when you do that. I started with the Mexican Rose quilt pictured above because it is an amazing example of a heavily quilted applique quilt.
The quilter did not outline her applique motifs like you usually see. Instead, she quilted right through the flowers and outlined the diamonds with a feather motif. On the back, it doesn't look like a flower at all but instead an interesting diamond shape. I have larger pictures of the block (front and back) below.
The next quilt pattern is often called "Farmer's Delight" and is believed to come from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This quilt did. In addition to being a delightful collection of c. 1870-80 fabrics (including centennial fabrics) it is a truly delightful collection of quilted surprises.
I was doing my folding early today and I find the morning light particularly good at revealing quilting motifs. I glimpsed a motif that looked remarkably like a fork and thought to myself, "I wonder if there is a knife?" Well, sure enough, there is! Below, I've included a photo of the actual quilting and then an enhanced image that shows there is a fork, knife, and spoon. There is more that I will have to examine later.
|The motif on the lower right looks like a giant diamond ring to me|
|Double Irish Chain with Lemoyne Stars|
I am wondering if the green in the fabric migrated into the thread or if the thread was dark green to begin with. I think it would be a bit of a pain to keep changing thread when doing the quilting. On the front, the thread on the green patches appears to be the exact same color of the fabric and is definitely lighter than it appears on the back.
That's my quilting study for the day. BAS members can read Barbara's article in their most recent newsletter. It isn't on her blog, Baltimore Garden Quilts, but she has loads of other interesting information there and I urge you to stop by for a good read.