Primarily Quilts 2 by Di Ford is one of the best books I have ever purchased – it is book to add to your library. Especially for all quilters who love Reproduction quilt! There are 3 quilts that I want to make from this beautiful book of quilt patterns, Mary Queen of Bedford, Giggleswick Mill Sampler, and Cloverdale House.
I have 2 yards of the border fabric and 4 different 1 yard fabrics from the Cloverdale collection for the Cloverdale House quilt. I purchased it last year not knowing what I was really going to do with the fabric but loved it! So I will be able to use those along with my stash to make a nice quilt.
Giggleswick will be made from my stash. I just do not need to purchase 12 or 13 yards of fabric for something that I know I can make with what I have.
Here is a picture of the Mary Queen of Bedford quilt. This quilt was made with Mary Koval’s Tree of Life panel, along with Ophelia by Nancy Gere, and Charleston by Jo Morton fabrics.
I purchased two of Mary Koval’s Tree of Life panels when it first became available about a year ago or so thinking that it was a small panel. About 2 months ago I took it out of the package and almost fell over – this panel is NOT small! Almost the size of a lap quilt! I quickly folded it back up and put it away for another day when I MIGHT be creative and do something with it. Beautiful isn’t it? Di Ford cut the panel up to make the center medallion using broderie perse appliqué. Yummy! In case you might not be familiar with that technique, here is the definition.
Broderie perse (French for “Persian embroidery”) is a style of appliqué embroidery which uses printed elements to create a scene on the background fabric. It was most popular in Europe in the 17th century, and probably travelled from India, as there are some earlier findings there.
The background will be difficult to match as it is not really a color that matches with any of my Bella Solids, or Kona Cotton samples. I contacted Mary Koval and she will be in touch and advise me on which fabric would be best for the background. I also did not have any of Ophelia or the fabric from Charleston, but after looking long and hard, I found 2 quilt stores that had a little over a yard left of each. YUP snatched that up. I knew that as soon as this book was released that any fabrics required would have to be purchased immediately as they would go fast. As soon as Mary contacts me on a background fabric I will try to order some and then next year this will be on the cutting table.
Now I just need to quit eating and sleeping and may have the quilts done in a year (LOL). I lost a few days this week because (shame on me) I tried to eat like a normal person and it GOT me! I am getting tired of losing a few days here and there due to eating something that I know better than to eat. I have a feeling that part of my lost week was due to some medication that I was taking to help me with my tummy – tummy did not like it anymore!
Maybe this book and projects will keep me inspired and give me the control to only eat paper for a month or so….. that is another LOL! Have a great day! It’s Friday!!!