Saturday, August 7, 2010
Everyday fabrics from long ago
They were imprisoned in a quilt top put together in the 1970s. The 32 sorta-four-patch blocks are made of scraps of clothing from the late 1800s, still rich and vibrant. Some are a bit impulsive, with little sashing strips added to make the blocks the same size (6” x 6”). Just my style. The inferior 70s sashing had already faded badly and was so brittle it tore easily. So off it came.
The blocks waited in a pile. A new line of reproduction fabric will coax them back to life. The line is Barbara Brackman’s latest William Morris line, coming to stores soon. What is fascinating is how well the colors work with the vintage blocks.