Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hancy's Stars

I'm happy to finally post a picture of this quilt that I started last January.  I finally finished machine quilting it last month and finally got a picture taken.

This quilt is named for my 4X Great Grandmother, Hancy Pitcairn Reynolds Greene Warren.  Hancy was born in Massachusetts in 1809.  She married Seth Greene and lived in Bennington, Vermont and had a son, Charles.  Seth died when Charles was 10 years old and Hancy remarried to Charles Warren.  The Warrens eventually settled in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Hancy died there in 1881.

 A picture of Hancy, actually a "tintype", came to me with some family things.
 I sent a copy of the photo to Barbara Brackman and asked if she could identify when it might have been taken from the clothing that Hancy is wearing.  She did, post Civil War, she said.  As I did, she also loved the name, Hancy (not Nancy) and asked if she could use the photo for her Civil War fabric lines.  She designed a pattern for her 1862 Battle Hymn fabric line for Moda.and used Hancy's picture. 

Here's a link to Barbara's blog, Barbara Brackman's MATERIAL CULTURE, where she shows my quilt in the making.   I was working on it at a retreat we both attended.  This was posted February 20, 2012. And there is a link to the pattern, which I scaled down a bit.

My quilt is about 48'' x 48''

Sunday, August 5, 2012

North Cities Quilt Guild of Orange County

Last month I was pleased to do a program and a workshop on Tile Quilts at the North Cities guild in Placentia in southern California.  What a great group!  I was also happy that I had my advance copy of our new book to show them as well as some of the quilts from the book.

Books should be in your quilt shops soon!  More on the book next time. This is about North Cities and the wonderful blocks from their workshop.

This first block was designed and drawn in class.  It's a snake, all in Australian fabrics.

And here is another block designed as a variation on the All in a Dream quilt in our Tile Quilt Revival book.

And here are the Lotus blocks.

 And the Starry Orange Peel blocks.

 As usual, all very different and all fabulous!  I know they will all be wonderful when the "grout" is revealed and the stitching is complete.

Thanks for a great day!