Good morning from another glorious Hastings day.
Time for my weekly update on the quilt I am slowly doing each week. This week it is the Fair and Square block. This one is a very easy one to do as it is just the basic square and triangle pieces. It only took about 10 minutes to do.
I like the fact that I am making blocks that have been used for centuries, such as this one which is found among the 19th century Amish community in Pennsylvania. They used this block as a single large one as their quilt, but is really affective as a repeating motif. It is also known as diamond in the square. The square, when rotated 45degrees stands on one corner, or en pointe as they say in the ballet world.
This is the 18th block so far. This is such a great way of learning about the traditions of quilting as well as improving my imaging skills. I was explaining my love of quilting to someone early in the week. I have just recently finished reading the Anne of Green Gables stories (never did read them all as a child). In the turn of the century in that corner of the world quilting was a big part of their lives. There was a quilting group in every town and everyone got together to make quilts for the needy, or whoever was getting married. Commercial blankets did not exist back then. A sign of social standing was indicated by how well the quilts were made. But it was also a sign of love as well. It was known as a comforter as well. There is something in making by hand an item that will bring warmth and comfort to your loved ones. But it was also a means of socialising, no doubt gossiping as well. This is so sadly lacking today.
Enough of the philosophising. The above image is from iScrapbooking. Then I decided to photoshop it and see what I can do with the same images.
This is using the same images but this time I turned the image of the block into an PNG image and turned it around to make it more natural, that the girl is holding it up to present. Again the machine embroidery is by Sue Fox.
There are a couple of new embellishments from last week as well.
I think I will take some more photos of the original quilt and see if I can tweak it a bit.
So it is a beautiful day, time for some breakfast and then another photo hunt.
Cheers and have a nice day,