Friday, August 28, 2009

Civil War Bride Quilt



I’ve been an admirer of the Bird of Paradise quilt which was made during the American Civil War in 1858-1863 and have always wanted to create a replica of this amazing quilt.

However, Corliss from Threadbear has beaten me to it and this year at Showcase I found her beautiful pattern. It is not an identical replica, it is her interpretation of the piece which is just as lovely and I am sitting in awe of this quilt, thinking about how to go about deciding on fabrics. Vintage? Hand dyes? Or my all time favourite….reds. I am tempted.

My stash hasn’t diminished to a single shelf yet and I have a lot of beautiful reds that need a good home and should see the light of day. When this pattern arrived in the post, I rushed out and bought two suitable backgrounds…

although now I’m not so sure anymore. I really don’t know what way I will go with this quilt. I do have an instinctive feeling for red and making it different in this way…however print are so charming….dilemma!!!

I have sent in my request to join in the fun of this quilt with like minded people at The Civil War Bride Quilt Blog.

There are some great examples up there….so I will make a decision (or maybe just flip a coin) and get into it.

If you’re interested in seeing the original, you can do so at the American Folk Art Museum Textile Page http://www.folkartmuseum.org/default.asp?id=1523






10 comments:

Jeanette said...

You won't believe it Esther but i just purchased this very pattern & starter fabric pack from Corliss. i tried to resist, really i did.

Kim D. said...

What a beautiful quilt and looks to be difficult. Reds are my all time favorite also.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Kim D. said...

What a beautiful quilt and looks to be difficult. Reds are my all time favorite also.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Karen said...

Isn't it a beautiful quilt? I will also be joining in on the fun.

Deb said...

Hi Esther, thanks for coming over to take a look at my blog. For your fabric I love the one on the left. But whichever you pick I'm sure will be great. Your work is stunning. And PS. I'm glad someone else has a work space is as messy as mine - a sign of a creative mind!

Deb said...

Hi Esther, thanks for coming over to take a look at my blog. For your fabric I love the one on the left. But whichever you pick I'm sure will be great. Your work is stunning. And PS. I'm glad someone else has a work space is as messy as mine - a sign of a creative mind!

Kate quilts... said...

I know myself too well to even think about buying this pattern.

Yours will be beautiful, whichever way you choose to go with it.

Paula said...

It is really a beautiful quilt. And I love the idea of red. I have to get this pattern, but I just started Dear Jane, so I have to choose.

Priscilla Kawakami said...

This quilt is both challenging and delightful to make. I am not using the Australian pattern but drew my own from a very old book. My fabric choices were dictated by my decision to come as close as possible to a true duplication of the original.

You can check it out at:

http://pws.blogsite.org/workshop

Blinky said...

I received my pattern and purchased the background fambric this week! I am excited..applique is my passion!

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