First Four Blocks…

…February 22nd is the day when the Maltaville Album Quilt-Block of the Month is being released.

If you haven’t visited for a while, you will see that on the top bar there are now extra tabs of new pages.   I’ve added Applique Tutorials, a Placement Guide for the blocks and another tutorial for joining in as a Contributor to this blog so you can share your photo’s and comments.  And new to the sidebar I’ve added some general info about what the blog is, who it’s for and what I hope it will be.

Thank you to everyone who has emailed and commented with encouragement…            *LOL* indeed my time management skills have improved out of sight (and they weren’t too bad to start with) as I learnt the new skills necessary to bring this whole on-line thingy to a reality.

As well I have been drafting and sewing to the point that I have 15 blocks done, I am gleefully telling myself that -apart from the centre block- that is a quarter of the quilt…        a quarter 🙂 …finished.

Speaking of the centre block, it’s currently undergoing its first draft and I’ll put some photo’s up as soon as it looks like something better than just an interlocking vine surrounded by vague sketched shapes and a few blobs for spacing references.

For now I want to show you the four Blocks coming in the first month and fabric scans and  history which I hope will be of use when you are choosing your fabrics.

Image of F4

Block F4

Image of F4 fabric scan

F4 Fabric. A Prussian Blue & Chocolate print; Dargate Prussian Blue C.1830 by Margo Krager pattern # 24413, Windham Fabrics.

Prussian Blue is a mineral dye created in Berlin in the early 1700s by Diesbach (a paintmaker). It was named Berlinisch Blau or Prussian Blau, Berlin being the capital of the new Kingdom of Prussia (1701)

In the 1840s through 1850s Prussian Blue was a popular colour for cotton and wool dress prints.  Naturally those fabrics then became popular in quiltmaking.

Prussian Blue prints were used frequently in mid-1840s Album quilts and Baltimore Album quilts.

Prussian Blue was often printed with browns varying from buff to dark chocolate.

image of A4 block

Block A4

image of A4 fabrics

A4 Fabrics. An Eccentric print in Madder Orange and a tone on tone Pink. Fabric codes unknown, although the fabric on the left was produced in conjunction with the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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A4 Fabrics. Three Madder prints for the moons; RJR Smithsonian fabrics , L to R;Groom's Quilt #2406-2, Rising Sun Quilt 2203-1 and Groom's Quilt 2402-2

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Block C8

image of C8 fabrics

C8 Fabrics. A Prussian Blue & Buff print; Dargate Prussian Blue by Margo Krager C.1830 pattern # 24408. And a Turkey Red print; Colonies Turkey Red C.1850 pattern # 20871, both by Windham Fabrics.

image of F8 block

Block F8

image of F8 fabric

F8 Fabric. A Trailing Vine Print; Colonies Cheddar and Poison Green 1830-1860 by Nancy Gere pattern # 28428 by Windham Fabrics

Til soon…

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3 Responses to First Four Blocks…

  1. Lisa says:

    Margaret, what a great and informative post. I ordered my background today, and can’t wait to start! Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

  2. Irene says:

    Yeah!! congratulations and well done (and to Jennifer too as I know she’s always lurking in the background!).

  3. micheleabarnes says:

    Well, shut my mouth! What an excellent, thorough, beautiful post. I left my comment on the other site, so I will ask again here whether you plan to list the subscribers on the sidebar, so we may visit one another’s blogs easily. It’s a neat way for each of us to get more traffic, and learn more about each other. Thanks again Margaret. Michele

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