Saturday, 8 January 2011

The first work of the new year

I've started the year running (well sat down really - I definitely don't run!) having completed a dozen cushion covers for Elsie May and Bertha over the past couple of days .

This as meant that I've been able to start using some fabric that I bought from the Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum when I was in London last April. They were holding an exhibition on quilts 1700 - 2010 and, with Liberty Art Fabrics, produced a range of fabrics based on some of the fabrics in the quilts. Unfortunately, I was unable to actually view the exhibition itself, but I did visit the exhibition's shop where you could buy the fabrics.

The fabrics were available in metre and half-metre lengths or as fat quarters (for those who don't know, a fat quarter is a piece of fabric that is half a metre in length and half the width of the fabric. As most fabrics are 1.5 metres wide, this makes the fabric wider than it is high, i.e. 50cm x 75cm, hence the 'fat'). The big problem I had was choosing which of the fabrics I wanted. I liked them all, here was an array of fabrics all the same type (cotton) so they could be used to together and there was so many things running through my head that I could make out of them. As I couldn't have one of everything (if only I could!), I ended up doing eeny, meeny, miny, mo and came up with the three fabrics pictured above.

The red one is called 'seed head' and is from a patchwork coverlet of printed cotton and linen  with applique and embroidery that was made in England between 1802 and 1830.

The one with the dark brown background is called 'India flower (green)' and was taken from a patchwork coverlet composed of block printed cottons of the 1780s and 1790s. The coverlet was made in Britain and is dated 1797.

The pale blue backgrounded fabric that I've used in the above cushion cover and the one in the first photo of this blog is called 'petals' and is from a patchwork coverlet pieced from various early 19th century printed cottons. It was possibly made in Wales and dated 1830 - 40.

 Although the exhibition has now closed  you can still get the fabrics online from the V & A shop .


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