…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.
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.