So, are you curious to know what I did with these ...?
Well, here she is ... Farmhouse Parlour ...
... the quilt I made with Lecien's "Antique Flowers" fabric (which will be available in stores in a few months ... I PROMISE to let you know as soon as it's available and where if I can find an online source, kay?)
I am totally over-the-moon happy with how this quilt turned out. I was very disciplined and used exactly the same amount of each print because I wanted the quilt to be an accurate representation of the entire fabric collection.
Aren't you proud of me for not favoring the pink as I so desperately wanted to do? And in the end those little rosy sparkles are absolutely perfect. I think if I'd added more pink it would have thrown the color balance off and made this quilt too sacharin. By respecting the collection this quilt has a sophisticated personality with gentle & feminine characteristics.
It's even more beautiful than I was picturing in my mind.
I stitched 1/4" inside every.single.piece in every.single.block ... and THEN I appliqued the circles on! I wouldn't necessarily recommend that method, but I reeeeeally wanted this quilt to have that old-fashioned, hand-quilted look and I didn't want to stop and start every time I met up with the circle in the middle ...
This is a traditional quilt design. I saw a picture of it once and was inspired to make it for 2 reasons: I LOVE hexagons and I LOVE dresdan plates. The single, repeated block is basically a hexagon/dresdan love child.
I couldn't think of a better fabric collection to use for this design.
And I'm absolutely banana.nuts.crazy over the secondary pattern created when the blocks are all put together.
Isn't that just THE.coolest.thing.EVER?!
I'm particularly pleased with the side edges ... I knew I wanted to take advantage of the hexagon shape. This angled edge is just sooooo vintage-y to me. In my experience, the extra time and effort required to make a non-straight quilt edge is ALWAYS worth it. Always.
And yes, these pictures were taken in my livingroom. Doesn't it look perfect on my sofa?
Honestly, I didn't realize how "old-fashioned, parlor-esque" my livingroom looked. I don't know if I should be proud or embarrassed! LOL!
The sofa - or rather "chesterfield" as we Canadians who hail from the east call them - happens to be a family hand-me-down from the 1930s.
But never mind about that.
This post is about this quilt, and how the fabrics reminded me of my Grandma Irma's farmhouse parlour and how the vintage aesthetic of that room inspired me to find the perfect heirloom design.
Oh, I should also mention the background fabric is NOT part of "Antique Flowers". It is another Lecien fabric - a beautiful linen - from Meg Hawkey's new collection "Inkwell". (I've been a HUGE fan of Meg's embroidery designs for years!)
Hope you like it.
You know I do! LOL!