One of our most famous quilt historians is Barbara Brackman. Her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns is used as the definitive reference for most of the quilt documentation projects which are digitized at the Quilt Index. She also has a terrific blog. Here's the link: Barbara Brackman's Material Culture
I had been neglecting my blog reading for a while, and just stumbled across something wonderful last November. It was Barbara Brackman's Stars in A Time Warp Quiltalong. It started in January of 2015, and featured a post per week on different fabrics and prints in quilt history.
It was like taking an in-depth class, for free! Each week participants made 6 in. star blocks using reproduction fabrics of the type featured in the blog post.
Since I started late, I could progress through the lessons at my own pace. I rooted through all my scraps and yardage, looking for just the right pieces. I unearthed fabric from the basement, digging for treasure. My sewing room looked like a bomb went off.
And here is the result:
So that's the first quilt. Here's the second one:
Stars in A Time Warp is still up! Here's the link: Stars in A Time Warp
So how am I going to quilt them? I think I want quilting designs that work with the time periods. Got any ideas? I'd love to know what you'd do. Leave a suggestion in the comments.
In other news, there's a "new" old sewing machine in my sewing room.
I had of course cleaned and oiled her and got her sewing when I first bought her, but this is her real shake-down cruise.
The Singer 9W is a sort of hybrid between a Wheeler and Wilson and a Singer. In fact, she mostly takes after the Wheeler and Wilson side. Singer took over the Wheeler and Wilson factories after they went out of business in 1905, and produced the 9W until around 1913. So my machine is at least 100 years old.
The good news is, she works very well! She has a nice consistent stitch, and so far not a smidge of tension troubles. However, there are some things that I'm having to get used to. For instance, the hand wheel turns AWAY from you, like a White, not like a Singer. And the bobbins are very interesting.
In the photo above, you can see two bobbins on the machine bed. The nearer one is an old bobbin, original to the machine. I have 2 old bobbins, plus some newer ones originally made for a Featherweight. Some of the Featherweight bobbins work, and some don't, because they are just a tiny bit too big to go in the machine.