36 free quilt blocks, one a week with a guide to Jane Austen's England and posts about the people in her life.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Becky's Blue & Brown

Austen Family Album in Blue & Brown
 by Becky Brown
85-1/2" x 85-1/2"

Our master model block stitcher has finished one of her Austen sampler tops. Becky writes:  
The top is done - "I want it simple....put the blocks together with 1-1/2" sashings, so that it wouldn't get too big. 3" border around quilt."

And simple and elegant it is.
She used a variation of the Meryton set.
See more here and scroll down:

She kept the palette quite controlled and cool.
Lots of line---controlled line.

Fussy cutting the stripes added to the cool geometry.

Quite a visual success, don't you agree?

Here's the setting plan for a double bed-sized quilt.
36 blocks finishing to 12" square.
1-1/2" finished sashing and cornerstones
3" finished border
Revised Meryton set instructions for a smaller quilt:

Block 19 by Becky 

You need:
  • 36 Pieced blocks finishing to 12" x 12"
  • 25 Cornerstone squares to set between the blocks, finishing to 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
  • 60 Sashing Strips to frame the blocks, finishing to 1-1/2" x 12" rectangles.
  • A single border finishing to 3" wide.

Cut 25 cornerstone squares 2" x 2".
Cut 60 Sashing Strips as rectangles 2" x 12-1/2".

Mitered border corners: Cut 4 strips 3-1/2" x 86".
Right angle border corners:
  • Side Borders: Cut 2 strips 3-1/2" by 80"
  • Top & Bottom Borders: Cut 2 strips 3-1/2" x 86"

The seam lines in her corners

I'd use the same yardage that EQ7 suggested for the larger sashing.
  • 3/8 yard for the cornerstones
  • 1-3/4 yards for the sashing strips
You can buy a little less yardage for the border: EQ7 says 2-1/8 yards if you piece the border.
If you use a chintz or stripe you will want to cut the borders as single strips and not piece them, so buy 2-1/2 yards. You may also want to use the same print as in the sashing strips.

Becky says: "Now it's ready for quilting, along with several others. ;-)"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rietje is Finished

Rietje has posted  a photo of what looks to be a quilted and bound Austen Family Album. Finished!
She has set the 36 blocks side by side and framed it with a chain of squares pieced border.

I recolored her photo a bit but I still don't think the color is as pretty as it is in real life. The pictures she's taken of her blocks over the year reflect the color better, warm reds, pinks, browns and ivories.

Very romantic, sort of like an Austen novel.

And here's the back!!! Again I bet the photo is too brown.
See for yourself at her Flickr files.

(She also has her Civil War BOM, Threads of Memory up there too.)

Congratulations on a lovely Austen quilt.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pride & Prejudice Storybook Quilt

Regency Applique, in a redwork version. 
Quilt pattern inspired by Jane Austen's 
Pride and Prejudice
designed by Nancy Bekofske.

Lydia Bennet and two soldiers

The first version in applique
was inspired by 
Marian Whiteside Cheever's
Story Book Quilts. Nancy decided to illustrate her favorite book.

Regency Applique

Little Women quilt by Marion Cheever Whiteside
for Ladies' Home Journal, 1949

Nancy sells the pattern for her Regency Applique quilt,
in applique or embroidery. 

Mr. Collins introducing himself to Mr. Darcy
See the pattern at Nancy's Etsy store Rosemont Needle Arts:

Mr. Darcy and the Bingleys

Nancy's been making the Austen Family Album blocks too.

Love her fussy cut floral that runs as a theme.

See Nancy's blog The Literate Quilter here:

And read more about Marion Cheever Whiteside here:

The Quilt Index site has digitized the 1995 article in the American Quilt Study Group's Uncoverings

"Marion Cheever Whiteside Newton: Designer of Story Book Quilts, 1940-1965" by Patterson, Naida Treadway, Volume 16, 1995, pages 67-94

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Austen in Animal Prints

Denise in Texas

Lurking around our Austen Family Album Flickr page has provided some weekly drama.

We can thank Denise in Texas for much of it. What will she think of next?

She has an animal print theme going here.

See the Flickr page of Denise in Texas here:

Now the suspense is to see what her plans for setting are.

You may think that Jane Austen in a leopard-skin pillbox hat
is an anachronism 

but they had fake animal prints in Jane Austen's England.

Above: Swatches from an English sample book,
 about 1775, in the collection of the 
American Textile History Museum

And read more about animal prints in a post I did several months ago: