Sunday, April 24, 2011

Post cards from Weiner Werkstatte

I recently posted about the fabrics of the Weiner Werkstatte (Vienna Workshop). Many of the designers participated in their Post Card Project....almost 1,000 different post card designs between 1907-1920.

I have new Vintage Images showing 5 of Mela Koehler's post card designs. I love her dogs and wallpapers!

This weekend, I am in Minneapolis for Easter with my daughter and her family. Monday morning I leave for Paducah to stay with my friend, Judy Schwender, Curator of Textiles at the National Quilt Museum, attend (for the first time) Appraiser's School and see the show!

Then back to Montana to hopefully 'get out into the garden' and start on more images for the Chintz Center Panel project.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


There were several waves of chinoiserie (Chinese) styling in textiles and interior decorating in Great Britain.

During the 17th century, the East India Company sent  to their offices in India musters containing 'suggestions' on both colorations and styling for the very popular cotton fabrics they were importing.  The highly skilled Indian craftsman saw these requests and quickly adopted a very imaginative approach to the floral elements in their hand painted textiles.  A Tree of Life often contained a very English looking rose, etc.

At the same time, English taste was being influence by the design work on other imported goods, wallpapers, embroidered wall hangings and china wares, from Canton .  Darly's New Book of Chinese Designs printed in 1754 and Pillement's Livre de Chinois from 1758 offered textile designers inspiration in the 18th century.

This image is from the Chinoiserie panel c. 1830 I recently printed.  See full panel below.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Panels are here, the Panels are here

We are live with all 5 images of the elegant Chintz Center Panels! The colors are historically correct and details are exquisite.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chintz Medallion Quilt

chintz medallion
The framed medallion quilt of the turn of the 19th century featured a central area of interest surrounded by pieced and/or appliqued borders. The center could be a hand painted Indian fabric with a tree-of-life design or cut-out chintz in the Broderie Perse style. Another option was a Chintz Center Panel printed especially for quilts.

British and European textile manufacturers printed these elegant Chintz Panels from c. 1808 until the 1830s. They were block printed in assorted sizes and shapes, (squares, circles, ovals, rectangles) and were perfect as the central focus of a mosaic or center medallion quilt.
On April 15, 2011 I will launch a line of 5 of these Chintz Center Panels that are from quilts owned by private collectors and the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The panels range in size from a 10" x 12" rectangle (above) to a large 30" square. I am having them printed in America to my specifications, making sure they are authentic in color and scale. All of them can be seen on our website, on April 15th!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Assorted stripes

Printed stripes were popular for furnishings and clothing at the turn of the 19th century and beyond ( 1790-1840). These stripes easily found their way into sashing, in strippy style. I was reviewing some images from my fabric sample books recently when the stripes below caught my eye.

I think in the past, I dismissed these examples because there so much going on here...different widths, different motifs. They would, however, be perfect for a medallion set quilt. In the lower example, the smaller madder stripe could be used close into the center while the wider stripes would work further out.  I need to rethink these two beauties.

Medallion set quilts have been consuming me recently. Watch for a little annoucement on next week's blog!