Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts – Part Two
On this week’s episode of Sewing With Nancy, we continue a look back in time to admire the work of quiltmaking pioneers who certainly didn’t have the conveniences that we have today. Yet, their skills were amazing and serve as an inspiration to us. Julie Hendricksen, author and quilt collector, is back to show us quilts from her antique collection plus give hints on how we can preserve quilt history for ourselves. Take a look at Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts (Part One). Watch today’s second part in the series online.
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Triangles in a Row
The first quilt featured in Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts (Part Two) is the Triangles in a Row Quilt. Early quilt maker’s skills were amazing and a testimony to their ingenuity. The Triangles in a Row is a great example. Would you ever think that a quilt made entirely of 1/2″ square triangles could create so much visual interest? Julie purchased this quilt simply because of the sheer numbers of fabrics it contains. It’s an excellent study in color and fabric combinations.
Reproduction Windmills is an antique quilt that is heavily damaged and not really usable. However, the block is quite interesting and totally worthy of preserving for future generations of quiltmakers. Notice the fascinating pattern with colored squares alternating with windmill blades. Join Julie and Nancy Zieman for Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts (Part Two) as they take a look at how to reproduce this design.
Sewing Basket blocks, where the feet are as large as the basket itself, look rather like an anvil. Pieced entirely in solids with embroidered handles, this antique quilt is hard to date since there aren’t any prints to help discern its age. Based on the hand-quilting designs used, a certified quilt appraiser felt it was from the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Fast-forward a century; the newly made version also uses just two fabrics. A print was incorporated to give it an authentic late-nineteenth-century look. Regardless of the era, the basket block quilt block is a time-honored design, worthy to be re-created. Watch along online as Nancy and Julie demonstrate how to re-create the Sewing Baskets block.
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