There is something very appealing about antique red & green quilts, and i knew from the moment i first laid eyes on Sharon's heirloom red & green signature quilt (a year ago), that i wanted to reproduce it.
The applique blocks for this beautiful signature quilt were made by family, friends & members of the community as a wedding gift for Mary McClellan Criswell & Jesse Jackson Smith in 1852, in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
here's a current photo (taken by Sharon) of her treasured family heirloom.
Sharon has created a blog to document her progress, as she reproduces each of the applique blocks in her treasured Chester County Criswell Quilt. There are some wonderful close-up shots of the applique blocks, including interesting snippets and historical facts about the applique designs/blocks, as well as the people who made them.
Here's block one, (the original was made by Jane Wilson) pinned and tacked, ready to be appliqued. I appliqued the centre circle first, which went much better than i had aniticipated.. the outer shape, well that's another story lol!!
Here's block two (the original was made by Elizabeth Cowan). I unknowingly cut the fabric in reverse.. i guess it was meant to be. Btw Sharon also cut her fabric in reverse, but she actually meant to do it that way.
to date, i've made these three blocks...
blocks four & five are pinned, tacked, and ready to go... i'm on a roll now & loving it lol!!.
Yep, i think i'm finally getting the hang of doing applique (again).. despite all the unpicking i did in the first block, i can actually say that i'm thoroughly enjoying the hand stitching :)))