Tuesday, January 31, 2012

antique makeover revisited PA style

Here is the first needle turn applique block in my latest challenge quilt.  I'm making a four block quilt with 4 different floral basket/vase blocks.  The designs are adaptions from 4 antique quilts in my collection.
This block is the 2nd time I have borrowed the basket border design from my antique princess feather quilt.  See my prior post for my first quilt using this basket design.

Here are the 6 challenge fabrics plus my 2 optional fabrics.  I picked the double pink and the yellow/ gold (close to a cheddar).  

I think I've been influenced by 19th century Pennsylvania German quilts.  I'd venture to say, I was a bit directed by the quilt that I've been  studying recently.  It is a dated 1842, signature presentation quilt from Easton, PA.

While most 19th c. applique quilts had white or off-white backgrounds, PA German quilts often had colored grounds in yellow/cheddar or blue or pink.  PA pieced quilts also seem to have a freer use of pink as a neutral ground.  Here's a Rocky Road from Lancaster Co., PA.
Hope you enjoyed seeing what I'm working on now and my antique influences.


  1. Very nice!!! Good challenge fabrics to work with too.

  2. It looks great. I too am drawn to Pa quilts.

  3. Your applique block caught my attention. Very nice. I like how you have taken the design from an antique quilt and made some changes to make it your own.

  4. Can't wait to see the magic you work!

  5. OH I love the background fabric your using , great block
    ME, I would love to reproduce the princess feather quilt just like it is.
    One of my favorite quilt blocks......
    can't wait to see more.

  6. Very nice! I love the PA influence drawn from multiple sources.


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