I've spent the last few days rearranging my antique quilts. I use most of them for guild programs and lectures which means I am in an almost constant state of packing or unpacking! Right now I am unpacking "100 years of quilts" and packing "Signature quilts - clues to family history" which I am presenting to a Genealogical group for the second time.
This did however also give me a chance to look at the purple fabrics from around 1850. Why you ask? Well, I am making a quilt that uses a quilt from that time period as inspiration. I need a lavender fabric. So far I've ordered two on the internet and not been happy with either when it arrived. The first was just wrong. The second the color was right but the print was too large for the applique pieces I'm doing.
These other purples are more difficult to date as the quilt has fabrics from 1850 to 1880 in it!
So I guess this calls for a "Quilt Emergency" road-trip Maybe the last week of the month I'll either head to Mary Jo's or down to Atlanta and go to Little Quilts and the little shop in Conyers. We do not have a LQS that carries reproduction fabric...so sad.
Which brings me to this little doll quilt (18x24 inches.) It was given to me after a quilt program. I know it is in poor shape but I love how the older 9-patch blocks were put together, most likely in the 20's, to make a little quilt for some child's doll....and it has purple!