Here is the partially finished first of four blocks:
I was inspired by a quilt that I saw at the Newark Museum during a December visit with friends. All three of us were inspired and are considering making a version of this beauty.
As you can see I've changed it a bit from the original antique quilt. Instead of the mariners compass blocks, I'm doing a ring of berries.
I really like that there are only 2 fabrics. The red reproduction print was given to me be my friend Jill who had it in her collection -thank you Jill!! The other fabric is just a unbleached muslin. I feel this gives it that good soft, aged look, not unlike myself ;)
I designed the berry ring around an eventual hand quilted feathered wreath that I will be doing. I don't think I've ever seen this done before, making design decisions based on the future quilting design. It is a great way to ensure a good circle and enhance hand quilting. I'm excited to see how it works.
The final choice:
And here is a photo of this same quilt that I found in my files. I have no idea who did it or at what show I saw it. Isn't it funny how we are repeatedly drawn to something?
Barbara Brackman just did an article one the Princess Feather on her blog here. Ann Hermes also just blogged about this quilt and you can see that post here. Isn't it funny how the quilt muse works. I often find the coincidences amazing!
Amaryllis update: After constructing some "Suess-icle" looking scaffolding, the Amaryllis is still going strong!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this project. Your support means so much to me and often keeps me going on these long term projects.
I hope you have found a new and challenging project for 2012!