Classic Quilting

Way back in the seventies when I started quilting, there were no special fabric manufacturers for quilt fabrics. Alexander Henry a cotton print textile design house saw a new market and began producing beautiful cutting-edge, original prints for quilters. One of their very best was this peacock feather print.

Alexander Henry Peacock Print

Alexander Henry Peacock Print

I used the fabric many times during my quilt shop days but mine and also my son’s favorite quilt used the feather fabric along with printed muslin fashioned after this antique diagonal alternate 9-patch:

Antique 9-path

Antique 9-path

Fast-forward to last year when I noticed my son was still clinging to this very worn-out and drab thirty-year old quilt. I longed for more of that magnificent fabric to make a replacement. It’s not being made any more but I was fortunate to locate three 4 yard pieces at Pink Chalk Fabrics and scarfed all of them up.

I made two of the pieces along with black raw silk into quilts for each of my granddaughters:

AnnieandMaya with quilt

AnnieandMaya with quilt

Seeing how great the new quilts turned out and remembering the fabric, my youngest daughter asked if I could make one more for her. I selected this pattern for hers:

Sarah's Stars

Sarah's Stars

While Steve was away for the weekend I pieced the Henry fabric with a beautiful black silk from a Japanese kimono:

Sarah's Alexander Stars

Sarah's Alexander Stars

While the cat’s away, the mice will play! Now off to the Amish for quilting.



3 Thoughts

  1. Eli Eli says:

    Classic, yes, but also incredibly beautiful. We love them.

  2. Phyllis says:

    I love it also!!! Anymore Peacock material around?

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m the luckiest daughter ever!

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