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. 


  1. Nice work on your remake small quilt. Love the princess feather. I can't imagine doing all the applique on so many in and out curves over and over again. But one is on my wish list....maybe just one feather....tee hee.

  2. Your quilt is great and I love the black and hot pink!
    I also am a huge fan of red and green.

  3. Love you rendition of the quilt. I'm sure the original maker would be delighted and surprised by the hot pink!


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