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.

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:

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.

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:

While Steve was away for the weekend I pieced the Henry fabric with a beautiful black silk from a Japanese kimono. While the cat’s away, the mice will play! Now off to the Amish for quilting.

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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