Ocean Waves Quilt Inspiration

Readers have asked, “What does Caden’s Ocean Waves quilt look like?”

Here are photos of some Ocean Waves quilts that became my inspiration.

Which one is your favorite?

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Quilts Featured in Carolina Reckoning—Wedding Ring Quilt

A quilt that brought romance to the Great DepressionWR4

The motif of two interlocking rings can be traced as far back as fourth century Rome. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the interlocking gimmal ring was popular in Europe. One ring was worn by the man and the other by the woman during the engagement. At the wedding ceremony, the two rings were fitted together and worn thereafter by the wife. This design is thought to have been brought to America by German settlers in Pennsylvania in the 17th century and is seen on coverlets, pottery and other decorative arts of the colonial period. Early quilt versions were known as Friendship Knot, Endless Chain and Pickle Dish.

WR2The Double Wedding Ring pattern was first published in 1928. The pattern became extremely popular during the 1930s and 1940s. Prior to the 20th century, quilters appliqued the pieces onto solid fabric. But early 20th century quilters made the switch to piecing the entire quilt top. This quilt is not for the faint of heart nor the novice.

I’d like to make one of these for each of my daughters upon the occasion of their marriage. But as one elderly quilter—maybe the forerunner of Velma Jones from Carolina Reckoning—told me once, I should have started the quilts before my own marriage if I wanted to finish them in time for my daughters’ weddings.

WR3Anyone created a Wedding Ring quilt? Own one? Any tips for the rest of us?
Share your photo jpg and I’ll post pictures for blog readers to enjoy.

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The Quilts Featured in Carolina Reckoning—Grandmother’s Flower Garden

GFG1No surprise that this much-loved vintage quilt would be Alison’s personal favorite. This pattern has its origins in 18th and 19th century honeycomb or mosaic patterns. But the 20th century version became popular in the 1920s and especially during the years of the Great Depression. Quilters in hard economic times, like today, were able to utilize the pastel prints of their scrap basket to fashion this labor intensive but lovely old-fashioned design.

GFG2The colorful handsewn hexagons are a cheerful reminder of happier times and sunny flower gardens. Many quilt historians speculate the traditional white hexagons that buffer the bright “blooms” represent white picket fences. Green was readily available and often served as the binding and symbolized the garden path. The six-sided hexagons contain a center—sometimes yellow—representing the flower’s center.

Trivia quiz—What event at Weathersby involved a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt? What happened?

Anyone have Grandmother’s Flower Garden photo they’d like to share?GFG3

Your own creation, an antique/yard sale find or heirloom?

Please send me a jpg of your quilt and I’ll post them on the blog for everyone to enjoy.

For more info on Carolina Reckoning or to see behind-the-scene photos including quilts, visit http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/carolina-reckoning/.

The Quilts Featured in Carolina Reckoning—Feedsack Quilts

fs1After the Civil War, cotton sacks replaced barrels as food containers. Women discovered these fabric bags could be used for quilts and clothing needs. The product logos were printed on the fabric. These circular advertisers harkened back to the day when marketing had to fit on a circular barrelhead.

FS3For women to use the feedsack fabric, they first had to remove these labels. Various methods included soaking the print in kerosene or rubbing it with unsalted lard. Afterward, the fabric was washed in lye soap. By 1925, savvy businesses began to see the marketing potential of the feedsack fabrics and pasted company logos on to the fabrics resulting in easier removal.

The 1930s saw heated competition between companies for the most attractive and sought after prints. Artists were hired to design the prints. This marketing ploy kicked in as women scoured store shelves, selecting sugar, rice, beans, cornmeal, animal feed and fertilizer based on the fabric stash they wished to acquire.

FS2Women, being women, traded feedsacks with neighbors in order to match fabrics for projects. The feedsack tradition continued through World War II as a means of showing patriotism and to conserve resources needed for the war effort. Newer synthetic fabrics created after the war resulted in the cessation of this marketing tool.

How can you tell if it’s really feedsack fabric?
A line of holes is the best indicator, from the chainstitching that held the original sack together.

Anyone remember a dress or apron made from feedsack fabric?
Anyone want to share a photo of a feedsack quilt?

Send me a jpg of your feedsack creation—clothing or quilt—and I’ll post to blog readers.

For more info on Carolina Reckoning or to see behind-the-scene photos including quilts, visit http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/carolina-reckoning/.