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PARIS BLOOMS & GARDENS

PARIS BLOOMS & GARDENS

I found Paris themed fabrics. The colors are lovely, and I just had to buy some yardage. It took a few months to come up with an idea for how to use this fabric. I felt like something spring and the result is Paris Blooms & Gardens. I made five English paper pieced flowers from hexagons in colors that complimented the black and white Paris fabric. They are hand pieced and appliqued to the blocks. The alternate blocks are a…

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THE MYSTERY OF HENRY VIII’s GREEN QUILT

THE MYSTERY OF HENRY VIII’s GREEN QUILT

I love to research historical quilts – especially prior to 1820. One quilt that intrigues me is a quilt that belonged to King Henry VIII. The mystery of Henry VIII’s green quilt is well researched by the chapter author, and for historic quilt lovers is fascinating. According to the book, “Medieval Clothing and Textiles 4” edited by Robin Netherton and Gale R. Owen-Crocker pg. 193-207(published by Boydell Press in 2008). Currently it can be purchased on Amazon. This entire series…

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PATCHWORK FROM FINLAND

PATCHWORK FROM FINLAND

Sometimes as American quilters, we forget that other countries and cultures have their own quilting traditions. I found this article while looking through old quilting magazines. Historical quilts, especially those made before 1825, are very interesting to me. I thought it would be fun to share this patchwork from Finland with you. The article is “Humble Treasures” from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine Dec. 1997 page 26 – 27. All four of the patchwork examples in the article are from the Eastern…

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QUILTERS’ GUILD OF THE BRITISH ISLES

QUILTERS’ GUILD OF THE BRITISH ISLES

For those readers who do not know me personally – I am a history nut. My favorite time period is 1400 to 1820. Lots went on across the world, including in textile production and quilting. I recently re-looked at the historic collection of quilts at the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and thought you might find some inspiration there. This quilt guild has a wonderful website with lots to explore. Allow time for poking around. This is not a…

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