Recently this photo leapt out at me - Mary M. Leggett's Star Bouquet quilt :
|Photo of page from the book below|
According to the authors Mary M. Leggett made the quilt in 1862. It was made of silk, "template-pieced", and measured 95" x 77 1/2 ".
I love it - particularly the way the colours pop out of the milk chocolate background. And on closer inspection you can see that she has taken great care in fussy cutting her silks, even joining a couple of fabrics in the diamonds to increase the complexity of some of the stars. Here is a close up photo (from the book again):
There is a neat seam visible between the two fabrics used in each diamond on all the stars in this picture - except the top right lilac star.
So ... you might have guessed my new project ?
Yep - to make a reproduction (or more a "version") of this quilt.
Some rough Maths makes me think Mary's stars were about 6.5" across point to point. After a bit of experimenting, I have decided to make 4.5" stars because I want to make more of them (but not a bigger quilt!) and the hexagons she made would be quite large for English Paper Piecing by hand (my preferred method). I am using hexagons and diamonds with 1.25 " edges - a comfortable size to work with. And much as I'd love to use silks for the luxurious look of it, I'll settle for cottons from the stash. Those changes make it more a "version" than a "reproduction" I think?
First to select fabrics :
|The background behind the photos is the chocolate/ cinnamon homespun for the hexagons|
Then ...printing the diamonds onto light card - free download from here :
|Diamonds ready to cut up|
Then ...constructing some diamonds made of joined fabric strips:
|Back of fabrics with diamonds marked to cut out|
|Paperclips holding fabric over papers ready for hand basting|
|The finished star|