I want to Welcome Barbara Brackman today as she does a guest post about her quilt in my new book, Sisterhood of Scraps.
“When Using Stripes and Plaids Buy Extra Fabric to Match.”
Someone ignored that good old HomeEc advice to make the Orange Zig-Zag. Lucky for us.
The quilt top came from a Topeka, Kansas thrift store in the 1970s. I asked church ladies in Garnett, Kansas to hand quilt it in the ‘80s. I’d guess the quilt dates to about 1920 due to two fabric style characteristics. The oranges are all cut from the same solid and it looks like a 20th-century dye, not chrome orange, a 19th-century dye. It’s not really lightfast. I hung it too long one winter in Seattle where there’s not much sun; yet the orange faded a bit.
The light fabrics are shirting stripes and plaids, which were quite popular for everybody’s clothing in the teens. Even the giant black and white stripes were probably meant for a snappy men’s shirt, worn with a celluloid collar.
Ad from 1910
I’ve enjoyed hanging it over the years to the envy of my friends who decided to make their own. You might want to use Lissa’s pattern beyond the advice I gave them:
“Get a bunch of orange prints & solids and white stripes & plaids. Make a 60-degree diamond template. Piece rows. When you get bored piece some half diamonds along two sides.”
That’s how I do things, but my friends bought a 60-degree ruler and counted.
We had an orange-fest at our quilt show a few years ago. The quilt on the left is by Kathe Dougherty, a faithful copy. Karla Menaugh’s on the right was done in a Kaffe Fassett workshop.
Kathe was really able to match the look of a century ago.
Orange Zig-Zag by Carol Gilham Jones (Not Orange)
Thank you, Barbara, for sharing your quilt in the Sisterhood of Scraps.
Here is my version that primarily uses the Lollies fabrics by Jen Kingwell. I want to make a quilt exactly like Barbara’s and probably still will.
Please share your version by using the hashtags #sisterhoodofscraps.
And here are a few more pics of other quilts I wanted to share.
Maggie Honeyman- machine quilt extraordinaire made and actually got to quilt her own quilt.
SVETLANA’s version http://sotakhandmade.blogspot.com/2014/01/winter-wonderland-sewing.html
classic vintage by Lynda from NSW http://lyndainwonderland.blogspot.com/2014/01/catch-up.html
What is so amazing to me about quilting is that this is a classic Burgoyne surrounded block named after General John Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga in 1777. Nothing earth shattering about the pattern, it is a variation of Double Irish chain, yet the fabrics used make each version wonderful.
One more little bit of info. I wanted to show a snapshot of the pinterest board, #APQquiltalong. Follow me on Pinterest to see the actual board. There are many more versions to tempt you to make this quilt if you have not started yours yet.
Now that we have accomplished celebrating the General Burgoyne through this quiltalong, maybe we should move on to General Beauregard from Barbara Brackman’s Book, Facts & Fabrications-Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery.
No seriously, moda has so many great indigo’s coming, I may have found my perfect project.
Thank you following the quiltalong, as well as my blog.
The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified.
I wonder if there is a psychologist out there that studies a
quilter’s fabric buying tendencies.
Or well maybe I don’t want to know the
results of such a study.
I do know I have a mad, crazy addiction to background fabrics.
I love scrappy quilts and the more backgrounds
I can use the happier I am.
Many years ago during one of our moves,
I had all my fabrics
in assorted black plastic bags.
Once the move happened and I was ever so neatly
arranging my fabrics on bookcases, I had no lights.
EGADS! All my light fabrics had been
mysteriously taken to Goodwill,
Even though the disappearing black plastic bag
has tormented me for years I have
amassed quite a collection of lights.
So keeping my promise to de-stash what will not fit,
I will have several bundles of
giveaways that will be backgrounds throughout
the rest of the month.
Here’s the low down.
To celebrate National Sewing Month,
I am going to have a Giveaway on my blog
every WEEK DAY.
It is going to be quick and simple.
I will announce the winner and the next giveaway
every weekday morning at 6:00 am central time.
Today’s giveaway is an assortment of
100%, first quality whites, cremes and tans. Some fat quarters
but mainly hunks of yardage.
None of them have been pre-washed.
They need a good home.
It will be a random drawing and I will ship at the end of each week.
I will consolidate shipments if you win more than once.
I am only going to be able to ship in the contiguous 48 states
and I must be able to contact you via e-mail.
AND the winner of Sept. 5th’s giveaway is… madrekarin said…
Love brown. My living room is done in shades of brown
thanks to a wall papered in old book pages. I think it needs a brown
quilt to be completely happy. 🙂 Thanks for the chance!
On Friday, I started a campaign on my Facebook Page
to save energy.
over the weekend.
Well I tried, but I did get into the kitchen and decided to cook up something.
I have a super top secret project I am working on.
I want the fabrics to be just as individual and unique as the project itself. I am trying to achieve a “worn” “loved” look including the look similar to vintage sheets.
I need a range of scale and prints.
I got out a big pot of water, a jug of bleach and started to play.
I know bleaching fabric is probably not the best thing to do for textiles. It will probably rot away in 50 years or less. This project is not a museum piece but will have a special place in my heart.There will not be anything like it anywhere else in the world. In fact if it does last for 50 years and some tries to date it, they won’t be able to. Many one of a kind pieces will be used. I will let Barbara Brackman know what
I am doing so she will be able to document it for a museum someday.
Name this group. An oldie but a goodie.
I dug out pieces from past collections and threw them in the pot. My family knows that from time to time I am “Cooking” fabric and not to dip a spoon in the “stitcher’s cauldron.”
Rooftop Garden just came in and it is an rich bright jewel tone group,
BUT I had toDUNK it just to see
There is no exact science for this experiment so be sure and play with items
you don’t mind “messing up”.
Some of these colors are really “weird” No store owner would buy an entire bolt of
some of the shades. But there is something so unique about the pieces that you can’t
help but fall in love with their “special aged characteristics.” Bleaching fabric or Rit color remover
works just like baking cookies. Once you take the cookies out of the oven they continue
to cook. The fabric continues to fade so remove in time to let it keep cooking.
Also anything wet such as the fabric appears darker. It will be lighter when dried.
You can always bleach it more.
You can NEVER add the color back.
These pictures are some of the dots. (Did you know I love dots?) They are lined up next to the fabric that was bleached. It created a wonderful range of colors. (Picture above-Love the 2nd from the bottom-
grey with cheddar dots- just in case you love it to- Rooftop Garden stock # 32432 32, also comes as a small dot, 4th one up, stock #32434 32) So vintage and yet so modern!
Heaven- Dk.Grey, Cheddar, Dots- I need a moment.
Always keep a piece of the original before dying so you can see the change. I cut layer
cakes and charm squares in half.
Now look how quirky these colors are. I love them and I am happy to have a piece that is 5″ x 10″ just in case I need a clash factor piece that looks as if it had been on the prairie for 50 years.
NOTE: If you ever get a chance to take a class from Barb and Alma of Blackbird Designson fabric dying, do it! They remove color and overdye and have a great time.
Some fabrics changed so much that I couldn’t match it up to the original without matching the
actual pattern shapes to each other.
I bleached a bunch of fabrics but I left them in the dryer.
I guess the only energy I was interested in conserving was my own.
I sure hope some one in my family is doing laundry……