Monday, March 26, 2012

Starting a new quilt

I love starting a new quilt. Selecting the pattern and the fabrics is one of my favorite parts of the quilt making process. This quilt has been on my mind for a while and now is a good time to start it. With no teaching commitments or Trunk Shows to do with Wendy since moving up here I have found myself with some free time, most unusual! The quilt I am making is a reproduction of an appliqued medallion quilt by Ann Dagge  made in1818. The quilt now resides in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The pattern I am using is an interpretation by Di Ford.

Di Fords quilt on the right
I spent a while deciding on my colour scheme and finally settled on a cream tone-on-tone background and lots of dusky through to double pinks, with greens and some touches of black.

The design for the centre applique is drawn onto the background and the stems are the first thing I tackle.

Today I appliqued the vase, fussy cutting some leaves and a flower in the centre. Trying to turn my points under was frustrating me until I remember the useful tool Wendy would hand everyone in her needleturn classes.... a Toothpick! The slightly rough wooden edge was more successful in pushing the fabric into place where the needle had been slipping. Thanks Wendy!


  1. What a beautiful quilt !!! love it, wish you good luck with you're beautiful new project

  2. So, you do take some notice of what I tell you! now, are you doing "back-basting" for this applique?

  3. Wendy I am using a mixture of applique techniques, depending on the shape. The circles of course are made using your KKB circles!