They look really great with the apples. Great looking 9 patches. I am making the Sister's Choice, too. Those apple blocks are so cute. It was a squeal of delight from me that you just heard!
Glad to see the Civil War 9-patches being loved, and I saw one of "mine! I love your Sister's Choice blocks. Your mixed the fabric beautifully. And I agree that they are more interesting on points. Post a Comment. Earlier in the year I swapped 6 inch 9 patches in civil war reproduction fabrics and in this color configuration. Just the other day after I finished up my churn dash quilt made of civil war reproductions I was trying to remember what I was going to do with these swapped nine patches. I knew I had something in mind.
I think they look more interesting on point. Last year I swapped some 6 inch 9 patches in 30s reproduction fabrics. Usually thought of as a printed material, calico was one of the staple goods of the s pioneer woman. Calendering : process of passing cloth under high heat or pressure to produce a surface texture. Cashmere : true cashmere is a fabric woven from the hair fiber of cashmere goats mixed with other fine wools. Cashmere is a fine and costly twill-weave material with a soft finish.
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Chambray : durable cotton fabric in plain weave with a smooth and lustrous finish. It is woven with colored warp yarns and white fillings. Chambray is a form of gingham. This design creates some movement and interest as well as making piecing mistakes less prominent. Cotton : most widely used fabric in the world. Cotton is durable, easily cleaned, dyes well, and can be woven into a diverse number of products. Irregularly shaped scraps of silks and velvets are pieced together, then lavishly embroidered.
The term "crazy" is defined as full of cracks or flaws, as having the appearance of crazed pottery, broken into irregular segments. These quilts only seem to be the work of lunatics. Cornerstone blocks : contrasting squares the width of lattice strips sashing set where the strips intersect. Counterpane : general term for a bedspread, that is, a textile intended to serve as the visible top layer when a bed is made up with several layers of bedcovers. The rings are typically made up of small scrap s of fabric cut into arced pieces sewn together to form interlocking rings or circles.
These exquisite quilts were frequently made for children or grandchildren as wedding gifts. Edge-to-Edge quilting : See also -- Overall Quilting. Feathering : a method of decoration in which a shape is outlined with small half-square triangles. Feed Sacks : Until the mids, flour, sugar, salt, tobacco, and animal feed were sold in cloth sacks.
Thrifty seamstresses would take the sacks apart and use the fabric for quilts and clothing. Finishing : describes any number of chemical and physical techniques used on the finished woven material to enhance or change its appearance. Typical finishes include bleaching, napping, calendering , sizing with starch or gum, and mercerizing.
Flannel : a loosely woven cloth of either plain - or twill - weave that is characterized by its softness and warmth. Flax : made from the flax plant, it is one of the oldest textile fabrics.
Flax was a major fiber source until the early s and was used to make linen. Since paper is removed after completion, it does not add strength. Frame : a device, usually made of lengths of wood or metal, for holding the layers of a quilt taut so that they can be hand-quilted together smoothly, without folds or puckers. In a full frame, the entire quilt is stretched out at the beginning and the side rails are rolled up in the quilt as portions are quilted.
Other frames are designed to maintain a constant distance between the side rails, so that the quilt must be rolled and unrolled like a scroll until the quilting is completed. French knot : an embroidery stitch formed by wrapping yarn around a needle as it is drawn through the cloth. Fussy Cut : cutting a portion of a printed fabric so a particular portion of it fits within the size or boundaries of the block. Gingham : plain-weave cotton material that is traditionally checkered, but may also be a solid color.
Grain : the directions in which the warp and weft threads lie in a woven fabric; warp threads run parallel to the selvage and perpendicular to the weft threads. Hand quilting : putting the quilt stitching in a quilt by hand rather than with a sewing machine; favored method of quilting until the late s. Hanging sleeve : 4-inch tube of fabric sewn to the top of the back of a quilt to allow easy hanging from dowels for display.
Hemming : the process by which an edge is turned under and sewn down with small stitches. Regular hemming is made with small slanting stitches which show on the right side. Blind hemming is done like regular hemming, but with larger stitches through the fold, and only one thread shows on the right side, thus making it nearly invisible.
Hemming is used to attach binding to a quilt after it's been turned under. Italian quilting : also called Trapunto. Jean : cotton , cotton and wool , or cotton and linen twilled cloth. Good to drape over a chair or sofa. Good size for beginners. Lattice strips : Strips of fabric, usually from 2 to 4 inches in width, that frame each block in a quilt.
To avoid a rigid grid that would dominate the pattern, corners the width of the strip , but of a different color, are set where the lattice strips intersect each other. See also -- Sashing. Linen : a wide variety of fabrics of different grades and weaves made from fibers of the flax plant. Linen was a major fabric for household textiles until it was replaced by cotton. Linsey-Woolsey : a coarse, strong, durable fabric made of flax fibers. Flax was one of the larger crops in colonial America and linsey-woolsey was typically a home-woven fabric. It was one of the earliest fabrics used in American quilts.
It consisted of a linen, or sometimes cotton , warp lengthwise threads and a wool weft crosswise threads.
The name Linsey came from a village in Saussex, England. Machine quilting : sewing the quilting stitches with a sewing machine rather than by hand. Even though the sewing machine became widely used in the mids, hand-quilting remained prevalent until the late s.
Madder Red : Popular in the late 19th century, this bright red dye made from the roots of the rubia plant also known as the madder plant , was less colorfast than the highly-prized Turkey Red dye. While both dyes were made from the madder plant, the Madder Red process used water, while oil was used to make Turkey Red , resulting in a dye that often bled onto adjacent fabrics or faded to a reddish-brown.
Madder Orange and Madder Brown could be produced by modifying the ingredients added to the process and varying the intensity of the dye. Marking : the process of putting the quilt design on the quilt. Historically, this was done by drawing with pencil or chalk, either freehand or tracing wood or tin templates or household objects, such as plates, cups, or spoons.
Since then, imaginative techniques and materials have been developed to include pre-printed paper designs that are adhered to the quilt and removed after the quilting is complete, punched stencils that are set on the quilt and a special powder sprinkled on, and pens and pencils that make marks that either wash out easily or simply disappear over time. Marking tools : colored pencils, water soluble markers, chalk, markers with ink that disappears after a short time or when heat is applied, to mark the stitching lines on a quilt ; also may be used to mark lines for piecing.
Marriage quilt : In the s an engaged girl would invite her friends to a quilting get-together. They would help her quilt her Wedding Quilt -- the last of her 13 requisite baker's dozen of quilts, and the only one that could contain hearts and other symbols of love. A common superstition was that it was bad luck for an engaged girl to work on her own Wedding Quilt. It came to be the custom that the friends also each brought a block to the party to be put together and quilted and presented as a wedding gift.
The custom was popular until around Also known as Bridal or Wedding quilt. Masterpiece quilt : a quilt that displays the epitome of the quilt-maker's designing, sewing, and quilting skills. Meandering : a quilting design that wanders across a quilt's surface with no apparent plan; stitching may have puzzle piece shapes larger than stippling , or it can be stars, swirls, loops, flowers, or any design of the quilter's choosing. Memory quilt : quilt made with special memorabilia, such as photographs transferred to fabric , t-shirts, scraps of materials that were meaningful to the recipient; memory quilts are frequently made to commemorate events such as anniversaries and graduations.
This quilt type was particularly popular from about to Mercerizing : a finishing technique, invented by John Mercer in , whereby cotton yarn fibers are impregnated with cold, concentrated sodium hydroxide solution resulting in increased luster, stretch and dyeabilty of the yarns. Muslin : variety of plain-weave cotton fabrics used extensively in quiltmaking throughout the s.
Natural fibers : four major natural fibers are wool , cotton , silk, and linen. Overall quilting : quilt stitches that cover the quilt 's surface completely, without regard to borders , blocks , or other natural boundaries; the stitching is typically done freehand. See also -- Edge-to-Edge Quilting. Paper Piecing : method of hand piecing where paper templates are used inside the block elements to guide where the edges are turned under and templates are removed.
Baby Blocks, Grandmother's Flower Garden and other non-square shapes, particularly those with narrow, sharp corners, are often pieced this way. Piecing : the making of the quilt top by sewing smaller pieces of fabric together. Plain Weave : the simplest and least expensive method for constructing fabric.
To create the weave , the filling is simply passed over one warp thread and under the next across the length of the fabric.