Wednesday, December 7, 2011

1870 Princes Feather Makeover

I adapted the tulip basket border from an antique 1870's red and green princess feather applique quilt, kept the four block design but gave it a color makeover and scaled it down from full size to small wall quilt. I think the woman who made it would be glad her design still works but would be a bit surprised with the black, white and hot pink color scheme.  Made for a Time Challenge- I focused on giving the original a "makeover" by using an updated, modern color scheme.

Hand appliqued and hand quilted.

This 4 blocks prince's or princess feather quilt when made was a very Christmas'y red and green and would have been a stunning quilt.  But as you can see it is the victim of the unstable or 'fugitive' green synthetic dyes of the 1870's to early 1900's.  The 'turkey red' was a very stable dye and is as bright as when the quilt was made. 

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