April 20th, 2014
April 18th, 2014
I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since I finished hand piecing the blocks for the Seven Sisters quilt top. Although I managed to get the blocks sewn together with the white triangle pieces, the top languished for many months because I couldn’t decide if I wanted a border, and if so, what type of border. Last week I decided to tackle the problem again, and I’m very pleased with the result. For the scrappy striped border, I used some of the same vintage swatches that I used to make the blocks. The top with border is 80″ x 96″.
Some of the seams have a little bit of puckering, but I feel confident that it won’t show once the top is hand quilted. You can read about my progress making this top in the following links: design, blocks in progress, more blocks in progress, and blocks finished.
April 17th, 2014
April 11th, 2014
I’m finally done restoring these images, and in the process I figured out an easier Photoshop method for cleaning up the pictures that have been colored with dark crayons. It feels good to be able to preserve these cute drawings for current and future Peter Mabie fans.
To view the other illustrations, simply type “Mabie” in the search box on my sidebar, or click on the Children’s Books category to browse my collection. Click thumbnails to enlarge.
April 10th, 2014
April 8th, 2014
There are 90 drawings in this old coloring book. To view the other illustrations, simply type “Mabie” in the search box on my sidebar, or click on the Children’s Books category to browse my collection.
April 6th, 2014
Today I finished the swap Tumbler Quilt, and I am excited to put it in the mail. After considering several different quilting designs, I ended up outline quilting inside each tumbler piece, just like I did on my bed-sized version. I think it gives the quilt an old-fashioned look.
The quilt will be a surprise, because Lori at Humble Quilts set up the swap so that none of the participants know who is making their quilt. Hopefully, my person likes her little Tumbler Quilt — I know I’m looking forward to receiving my surprise quilt later this month.
April 4th, 2014
These sweet bow alphabet letters were drawn by Sarah Hale Hunter and published in newspapers on two consecutive Sundays in 1909. She suggests the following method for executing the designs:
The letters should be carefully padded and then worked in solid satin stitch, making the stitches as close together and as evenly as possible. The bow may be outlined or embroidered solidly.
A pretty effect for towels is to work the letter in white and the bow in a color. Use mercerized cotton No. 25 for the embroidery.
It seems to me there are many other ways you could embroider these bow letters. I think it would be just fine to simply outline the letters and bows in stem or chain stitch, or you could outline and then fill the letters with some other stitch — seed or French knots or even narrow stripes in back stitch.
Although the patterns were designed “for marking your linen,” I am imagining an adorable alphabet quilt for a little girl. Click thumbnails to enlarge.
Oops . . . I forgot to upload the regular Thursday Summer Garlands Quilt series pattern. If I were actually working for a newspaper in the 1930s, I’d probably be in big trouble.
To find previous patterns in this series, type “Summer Garlands” in the search box on my sidebar. On the last post in the series, I will add links to each of the patterns.
April 3rd, 2014
Two more sets of 12 to clean, and the book will be done. To find other illustrations by Peter Mabie, simply type “Mabie” in the search box on my sidebar, or click on the Children’s Books category to browse my collection.
March 30th, 2014
Last year I started scanning and cleaning this cute book by one of my favorite illustrators, Peter Mabie. About half of the 96 pages were uncolored, requiring only a little work in Photoshop to clean up the darkened paper. The remaining pages were all colored/scribbled on by a child using a black crayon (the most difficult color to remove), and therefore take much more time to clean.
Of course, I see these pictures as designs for adorable quilt blocks or embroidery on children’s clothing. To find other illustrations by Peter Mabie, simply type “Mabie” in the search box on my sidebar, or click on the Children’s Books category to browse my collection.
March 28th, 2014
March 27th, 2014
March 25th, 2014
I’m pretty excited today, because I just finished this top for the doll quilt swap sponsored by Lori at Humble Quilts. Although I know the recipient of this little quilt, she doesn’t know I am the one making it for her. Of course, I don’t know who is making a quilt for me either, so that’s exciting too.
Lori asked that the quilts be made with Civil War reproductions, but she gave me the go-ahead to use prints and shirtings from my own collection of antique tops and blocks. I know some of the prints are not strictly Civil War period, but I’m fairly certain they are all from the 19th Century.
I’ve been dying to use the blue striped fabric for a border, and I think it goes well with the scrappy tumblers. The border fabric, and several other of the darker prints, are an unusual sort of flannel-type fabric — fuzzy on the back, but smooth like a normal cotton on the front. They aren’t very thick, so it’s easy to incorporate them in with the other prints, and you probably would never notice just looking at the front.
The top is about 19″ x 23″ right now (I cropped 1/4″ off the border edge in the photo), but it will probably be a bit smaller after quilting. Now I need to find a cool reproduction fabric for the back, and figure out a quilting pattern.
March 23rd, 2014
To celebrate the beginning of Spring, I am offering this bib apron in a floral print. The apron was made from a large vintage Brunschwig & Fils decorator fabric sample, together with a vintage linen embroidered napkin, which I embellished with a bit of running stitch in embroidery floss. I then trimmed the apron with some of my favorite old 100% cotton bias tape.
If you would like to enter to win this apron, please let me know in a comment on this post. I will use a random number generator to select a winner on Friday, March 28, at 6:00 pm PDT.