This week I will be showing a bit more of my work on my latest design. I'm so excited to share this with you! It has been a wonderful road of pondering, drawing and finally sewing. I'll be showing you my finished quilt top next Sunday morning so be sure to check back often this week for more posts about the making of this quilt.
Several years ago I ran across the picture of the King George III Coverlet found on the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum website.
Click on the picture to go to the V&A website and read about the original bed cover. Thanks to the V&A Museum for posting this beautiful bed cover online. It has been such an inspiration for many quilters!
You can also see it in the book titled Quilts 1700-2010 Hidden Histories, Untold Stories from the V&A. This quilt is dated 1803-1805. I am AMAZED that this wonderful quilt was made so long ago. The maker did not have the advantage of our lights, needles, thimbles, scissors, threads, fabrics, rulers, sharp pencils and other supplies that we have today! What a talented woman she must have been!
The desire to make this quilt came about once I figured out that I can piece blocks accurately using my starch method of basting English Paper Piecing. For me, English Paper Piecing is not only about Hexies! Once I gained permission from the V&A to make a pattern based on this quilt, my mind started spinning on how to draw it! The intricate circular designs I saw in the picture were very small. I blew them up on my iPad and began the journey of drafting each of the 16 pieced blocks found in the original quilt. It was quite exciting to complete a block draft and move on to the next! Below is an example of one of the drawings for the pattern. I made a point to draw these with a ruler and pencil similar to the original maker. It has been a wonderful journey to draw these 16 blocks.
I began sewing the blocks in the late spring this year and have been thrilled that even though the blocks look difficult, they really went together very easily! You could say I've Gone Crazy for Starch Basting English Paper Piecing!
I've discovered I have become fond of some of the most difficult looking blocks because they go together so easily! As one was completed, I couldn't wait to go on to the next one!
It has been a wonderful journey using my favorite reproduction fabrics, even though they are not all true to the period of the original bed cover.
It's been a wonderful journey of perfecting my Starch Basting for English Paper Piecing with the addition of my Favorite Starch Brush to my tools I love to use! Click on the picture to see it on the website. You can also read back a bit on my blog to see how I have learned to love using it!
I've had a few ladies do some pattern testing on the pattern and they have been posting about this quilt as well. You can see their work on their blogs A Passion For Appliqué and Faeries And Fiber. I've linked you to their last post as of today about Gardens Of A King blocks. Please be sure to check for newer posts as you read their blogs as they will be posting more also! Carrie and Karen are wonderful quilters and I have been so blessed to have their talents at hand to test my pattern so it will be right for you all! If you have not contacted me yet about being the first to know when the pattern is released, let me know and I will add you to the list to give you first notice about availability.
Be sure to watch the blog this week. I'll post again on Wednesday to tell you a bit more about The Gardens Of A King. I promise some NEW pictures for you to see another sampling of the quilt!
In other topics, I want to suggest that each of you be sure to tell those you love how much you love them and do so often! Our family unexpectedly lost a dear member last week and he will be greatly missed. We all know he's with loved ones who've passed before him, but we will still miss him here on earth. It reminds me of how precious life is...
With that said, I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks, as always, for stopping by today! See you again Wednesday!
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