Sunday, January 25, 2015

Print run samples

The samples from the initial print run of the new Dargate Treasury by Andover have arrived. Since I have been sketching block and quilt designs for a few months now....I need to choose one and get sewing!

Monday, January 19, 2015

January Sewing...fun little Hot Pads



Fun little Hot Pads made with printed antique images. Early 20th century Jar Rings came by the dozen in square cardboard boxes with the manufacturers logo on the top. These images (4" X 4") printed on cotton sateen are ready to sew. The packet of 4 comes with a pattern for a quilted Hot Pad. Finished size is 8" X 8".  
 I trim the white edges to 1/4"...which puts the sewing line right on the dull aqua border's edge.
 There is a paper backing which is easily removed before sewing.
 Back of the sewing project showing the image without paper backing.
Each design is dated. This one is 1930. We sell the Jar Rings as well as additional sets of Vintage Kitchen Cupboards (4) and Vintage Stoves (4). Each packet comes with the Hot Pad pattern.  These make great little gifts to have on hand....or to treat yourself.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Document color

This is the document coloration (color of the actual sample) of the big idea stripe in my new fabric line...Dargate Treasury. The scale of the design is appropriate for Furnishing goods of the early 19th century. The dating of the Dargate book is c. 1830. The tea coloration and the plain ground are common for this time period. By the 1830s you begin to see finely engraved fancy cover rollers offering complex patterns for grounds that are then overprinted with large florals.

Karen Melhouse of Canon Falls MN has designed a lovely center panel for a quilt featuring this fabric....a simple appliqued vase with a spray of  embroidered flowers using motifs from the print.