Thursday, February 3, 2011

Antique Crib Quilt - A Little Birdie

Here is the second block in my reproduction quilt for the Alliance for American Quilts 2011 challenge. Don't you just love how the bird is about to get shot by the giant cupid's arrow?  Very quirky.  And the formal floral urn squished in the corner- what was she thinking?  Don't forget to click on the photos to enlarge and see detail ... especially the fabric with birds on it that I used for the bird applique. 
 Please see the previous 2 posts to see my first block and the full picture of the original c. 1845 crib quilt from Virginia.  The original blocks are about 9" and the repros are bit under 7".  The little fussy needleturn applique is tricky but also kind of fun.  Here is the original block, it is very fragile, not sure why it is so much weaker than the other blocks. 
It has been interesting to reproduce the blocks in a similar but fresher look.  I had fun picking out and fussy cutting the bird fabric.  I generally try to do as exact as possible repros and would have used solid 'stained' muslin, etc.  Not sure which look I like better.  What do y'all think?  Thanks for visiting.


  1. You could tea dye the quilt when it is done so it looks more authentic. I am working on my Alliance quilt too. I hope there are a lot of them for 2011 contest and Auction.

  2. It's delightful! Will you be including the embroidery detail on your reproduction block too?

  3. What a great block. That arrow is too funny and so charming!!

    I actually don't like the dark stained muslin that much. I'm glad you used the fabric you did. A slight coffee stained color would look good.

  4. This quilt is precious and I love your blocks so far. The four corner blocks are a bit hard to to see. Will you please describe what they are? Keep posting your rendition. I love it.


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