For the last couple of months I have been working on interpreting a circa 1840 crib quilt that belongs to Bill Volckening. It has been an interesting journey!
It amazed me how many design elements and sewing technique the original maker put into one 39 inch by 39 inch quilt. Last night after appliqueing the last circle on the last corner I took a deep breath, had a celebratory glass of Guinness with my husband, and then started drafting the quilting design.
And not to worry, the glass of stout came nowhere near the original quilt...while it is in my house it sits safely behind glass doors in the dining room cabinet!
I was happy to see there is a real Russian Sunflower. They were popular in American gardens the last quarter of the 19th century. A bit late for this quilt. I got some seeds and will try them in my side garden this year. We back up on a preserve and have lots of birds who will really enjoy them! (Like they do my blueberries which I never get netted in time!)