It's a Dog's Life Sew It-Show It Challenge started yesterday, hosted by the fabulous Carol @Just Let Me Quilt. Many thanks to Carol for thinking up another wonderful challenge.
In Carol's words, "The challenge this time is to make anything dog or vintage related. Sew your project with dog themed fabric or applique/embroidery of dogs. As an added challenge, if dogs don't ring your bell, think vintage. Vintage blocks, quilts, fabrics or whatever old designs make you happy."
I don't have anything dog related, but the vintage related topic excited me. I have always loved vintage/reproduction quilts. I first started quilting in 1993 and in 1997 I started my Dear Jane Quilt, finishing it in 2003.
Jane Stickle was the woman who made this quilt during the Civil War, in 1863 and finished her quilt in 1868. The quilt hangs in the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. Brenda Manages Papdakis became fascinated with the quilt after she saw the quilt in the "Book Plain and Fancy: Vermont's People and Their Quilts as a Reflection of America" by Deanna Bister and Richard Cleveland. Brenda began drafting the blocks from the photos in Plain and Fancy and ended up writing the book "Dear Jane, the Two Hundred, Twenty-Five patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt". I used a different Civil War reproduction fabric for each block. It is a combination of applique, paper pieced and pieced.
My next reproduction quilt was done as a block of the month. It was by Terry Clothier Thompson and based on an 1845 applique quilt. Eight of the blocks contain Queen Victoria's Crown. After I completed the quilt and had it quilted, I overdyed it with tea.
Another of Barbara Brackman's BOM from 2020 was called Cassandra's Circle. I still have 3 blocks left to do of this one.
Another reproduction quilt I started was the Buhl-Bushong Quilt, the patterns were offered by the Virginia Quilt Museum. The Buhl-Bushong Quilt was made in 1855 by Elizabeth Ann (Bett) Bushong. About 1898, Bett's brother built a home on the property for his growing family. The house was eventually willed to the Bushong's neighbors, the Buhl family, The quilt remained in the house until the Buhl's eventually moved to a different town.
This is still in pieces. All my appliqued borders are completed, it is the paper pieced blocks that hold me up. I need to get back to this project. Paper piecing is not my forte obviously!
My last thing to show is my Ella Maria Deacon Quilt. This was offered by Sentimental Stitches. Barbara Brackman writes about the quilt here. This consists of 85 blocks, I have 84 done. I am hoping to get some help with the last paper pieced block at a quilt retreat I am scheduled for. In 1841 a large group in New Jersey and Philadelphia made an album quilt. They converted the idea of a bound autograph album to a bedcovering. This was made for Ella Maria Deacon (1811-1894). Ella Maria never married. I was hoping to have the entire top together for this challenge but it didn't happen. I think I need to find another fabric for the long sashings, as I made some mis-cuts and I doubt I have enough.
Coincidentally at last week's guild meeting we had a speaker named Arlene Arnold who did a trunk show of many vintage and antique quilts and their histories. She even had a quilt from t he 1700's. It was very interesting for me who love these type of quilts.
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