Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stepping Back in Time Quilts

Sunbonnet Sue mini quilt
In my 20 years drafting patterns for publication, I tend to stay in themes. One theme is the reproduction of historic, early American (ie, 20th century) quilts. One of these is the Sunbonnet Sue. Isn't she cute? Why is she here today? To introduce you to these quilts and that they are now being offered at Craftsy. I never knew that Craftsy could manage the sales of my patterns so easily. I have Madame Samm to thank for that (isn't she a gem?)

I'm going to show you several other quilts and then for a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post, I'm going to ask you to vote for your favorite one and the winner will receive a copy of whichever pattern set he/she desires (pdf format).

The Memory Bouquet Quilt is 20 applique flower patterns, all sitting in the same blue pot (not at one time!) Blocks are 9" x 12". The quilt is 63" x 63". I own this quilt and my dear Atlanta friends from my guild (when I lived there) helped me put this together. She eventually will be raffled to support a worthy cause.
The Memory Bouquet Quilt - 1931
How about the Garden Bouquet? This was introduced in the fictional Nancy Page Club in 1932. I redrafted each of the 20 blocks in digital format (not scans, btw) and include all the chatty conversations that occur each time the Club meets. Original text, updated. The two birds have names (Saucy Bird and Meek Bird) and the flowers all appear between the birds atop an urn.

The Garden Bouquet Quilt - 1932
Here's my own 5 Block Quilt (included with the historic pattern set above):
Five Block Garden Bouquet - 2005
Now, how about something for the children? I can't wait to give this to one of my grandchildren! This Toy Quilt has 9" blocks to which I added the blue triangles because there was too much white space. I  used raw edge applique and black buttonhole stitching.

The Toy Quilt (aka The Happy Childhood Quilt) - 1932
Here is what the original pattern looked like. I colored it. All full size patterns are included for applique and an entire, full size alphabet.
Original rendition of the Toy Quilt - I added the color
Now, what about a really involved applique pattern? The Laurel Wreath is magnificent and I really had plans to make all the blocks. But since the wreath in EACH block has 25 leaves, I pooped out after 4 bird blocks. This quilt features 25 blocks: 5 birds and 20 flowers. The original quilt measures 90" x 105" with another border added.

Laurel Wreath Quilt - 1931
Here is a picture of the Four Block quilt I made. All raw edge applique. This Four Block quilt is also included as a bonus pattern in the historic set above:

Four Block Laurel Wreath Quilt
One more pattern set: The Roly Poly Circus. Simple redwork patterns of circus animals. This will be available by the end of the week at my Craftsy pattern site. But for now, isn't this an awesome quilt?

So, are you interested in another giveaway? Just leave a comment and tell me your FAVORITE quilt from among these historic pattern sets. There are no wrong answers.

Just so you know: after every giveaway contest, I first notify the winner. Sometimes it takes 2, 3 and even 4 tries because a "no-reply comment" blogger is chosen and I have no way to let you know! Then I send out an email to EVERYONE who left a comment who had an email address.  So, if you haven't heard from me in months, it's because you have no email for me to see. If you want to be in the contest, I have to have your email!

I hope you've enjoyed the show. The contest is over Monday night, February 18 at midnight (EST in the USA).

51 comments:

  1. Olá Debby,estou emocionada.Este BOUQUET MEMÓRIA é tudo de mais bonito que já me encantei,faria chorando.
    E estas bonecas Sunbonnet,sempre quis fazer,mas não sei por que cargas d'água ainda não ...Tenho uma neta de 10 meses que com certeza ficaria feliz com uma destas,ela já tem uma com flores da avó que fiz quando soube que teria uma neta.Meu neto tem uma de trem também de hexágonos que fiz com o gráfico de ponto cruz.Obrigada.
    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com


    PS:Estou em oração por Raquel e sua família,e você,Deus te abençoe.

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  2. It's always so difficult to choose when you show us such lovely quilts. As I'm always drawn to quilts that have an historic interest I have gone for Memory Quilt 1931.I love the flowers and the setting.

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  3. I always love your antique quilts that you showcase. I love redwork &
    applique both. If the Roly Poly
    Circus quilt has more than just the
    5 redwork blocks shown, then I would like it! I have been looking for this pattern set for a
    long time!! The other quilt I love
    is the Floral Memory Quilt 1931.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Oh so hard to choose but the Four Block Laurel Wreath Quilt is my favorite . And I am still loving Sue bonnet Sue!

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  5. Oh forgot my email, sorry: sammartina(at)bluewin(dot)ch.

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  6. I love the Laurel Wreath but I don't think I could manage more than four blocks either!!!

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  7. My favorite is the Memory Bouquet Quilt. But I love them all.

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  8. They are all beautiful but I would say the Memory Bouquet is really my favorite. Just plain awesome!

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  9. I love the Sunbonnet Sue, a sweet little quilt , thanks for the chance.

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  10. The Memory Bouquet is very sweet! I think that is my favorite!

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  11. I like the Memory Bouquet Quilt the best but also the Roly Poly Circus. How to choose?

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  12. I really liek the four block laurel wreath quilt. It is very pretty they are all pretty but somehow I like it best of all. Thank you for a chance to enter your giveaway. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Beautiful Quilts.I keep saying I am going to make a Sunbonnet Sue and have not so I am picking the Amish Sunbonnet Sue she is pretty cute.

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  14. It's hard to choose just one. I love the Memory Bouquet Quilt the most of all of them. Your work is fabulous.

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  15. I love the toy quilt best but all of them are just great.

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  16. my favorite one is the top one with the blue nine patch sashing -- it's just so beautiful.

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  17. I LOVE the redwork circus quilt at the bottom! Sew cute! Thank you for your time in sending these posts! Ani in NC playdoll2(AT)gmail.com

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  18. Hi Debby. I love the Memory Bouquet Quilt the most although they are all very pretty.
    I fell in love with Sunbonnet Sue the first time I saw her and she is still a favorite of mine today.
    I like looking at antique quilts and patterns so it has been a pleasure looking at all of your gorgeous quilts. Thanks for sharing them.

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  19. Oh my...how do we choose??? They are all so fantastic!!! Grrr..twisting my arm here.. Eenie meenie minie mo... I love Memory Bouquet Quilt.. (that was the winner)..now I just have to be the winner LOL.

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  20. I love the memory bouquet. By the way, those of us with Wordpress are having problems interfacing with blogger. When you comment to us, we can see you email but it doesn't work the other way around. I'm nagging tech support at Wordpress, maybe we can get the word out to Blogger, too? In the meantime, I just keep putting my email in the comment I leave.
    Thanks!
    pbstrand@msn.com

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  21. These are all wonderful.
    My vote: Memory Bouquet
    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  22. I must have grand babies on my brain, but I love your Toy Quilts!!! Amazing quilts, each and every one!

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  23. Sunbonnet Sue Mini Quilt is my favorite! Love me some Sunbonnet Sue!
    lisamcgriff@hotmail (dot) com

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  24. I love the Memory Bouquet. Am a big 30's fan!

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  25. I love them all, first I picked the bird quilt , then the toy quilt but I kept on going back to the Memory Bouquet Quilt. My mother in law asked me to make her a cross stitch wall hanging with most of the flowers in your quilt many years ago. I loved making it for her and she loved how it turned out. That quilt reminds me of her. That is my favorite.

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  26. I am a Sue lover! I did the Roly Poly circus blocks several years ago. Not in redwork but a variegated primary. Thank you for sharing your lovely quilts.
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  27. I love the Circus!! I love that it incorporates the redwork into it! I love redwork!
    lori.hada@gmail.com

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  28. Wow,all are fantastic.Memory bouquet quilt is my favorite.Thanks for sharing your quilts!!

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  29. My favorite is Original rendition of the Toy Quilt just because it has my name on it. sewpatsy1@comcast.net

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  30. I adore the Memory Bouquet Quilt, it is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for a chance to win one of your patterns.

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  31. Oh gosh, they are all beautiful. I really love The Memory Bouquet a lot but oooooooooooh there is one which is just perfect for my Grandchildren and that's the Toy Quilt. I really love the colors and those adorable toys. Super cute.

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  32. Wow love them all.The Memory Bouquet for a pick.

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  33. { love your toy quilt in those primary colors. I love Craftsy and Madame Samm!

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  34. I like all of them. My fav is the Memory Bouquet.

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  35. I love the Toy Quilt. It would make up for some great gifts! Judi969@ verizon.net

    I should be on the okay to get emails, but sometimes, I'm not sure!

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  36. I LOVE the roly poly circus. I am a Google Friend and an email follower. LOVE all your pretties.

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  37. Very hard to choose. I LOVE several of them, and like the rest. I think I have to go with the Laurel Wreath Quilt as my favorite, though.

    BTW, blogspot always makes any non-blogspot quilter a no-reply blogger. I have my e-mail on the sidebar of my blog, which clicking on my comment name will take you to, for that very reason. We have no control over that.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!
    dezertsuz at gmail

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  38. All the patterns are great, so I decided to go with the Laurel Wreath pattern because my sister-in-law's name is Laurel.

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  39. This is a tough choice but I really liked the toy quilt. All are beautiful.

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  40. I like them all, but Memory Bouquet is my favorite.

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  41. My favorite is The Toy Quilt, but all of the quilts are pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. My favorite is Four Block Laurel Wreath Quilt

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  43. I like the Memory Bouquet Quilt!

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  44. I love the memory bouquet quilt. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  45. Many years ago you used to share PDFs of block patterns, Debby, and I still have a bunch of them saved! My favorite on this page is the Toy Quilt.

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  46. The Memory Bouquet Quilt is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. so lovely. Iwould have to pick the toy quilt.

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  48. Hi!!! Love them all!!! But fave is Rolly Polly Circus!!!

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  49. sun bonnett sue

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  50. What a difficult decision! I believe the Memory Bouquet would probably be my choice--love those flowers!

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