introducing: the union quilt

The Union Quilt is my largest quilt to date. At around 116" x 124" it is fit for a king size bed, a dramatic wall tapestry, or even possibly an area rug. I purchased the quilt top on ebay, pieced the back, and hand quilted the entire piece with sashiko thread for durability. The top is made from old suiting fabrics and the back is pieced with vintage flannels and cotton. The name "union" came about naturally; the woolen fabrics reminded me of old civil war uniforms, with the lighter grey bearing a strong resemblance to the uniforms of the confederacy. The larger stars feel very patriotic to me, yet stripped of the showmanship we tend to associate with modern day patriotic memorabilia. 

Here are some images of the process. Shop HERE.

introducing: the denim courthouse steps quilt

The Denim Courthouse steps quilt is my latest one-of-a-kind piece. This quilt was pieced with thrifted denim jeans and hand quilted with sashiko thread. Each pair of jeans is uniquely shaded and worn, adding variation and interest to the architectural pattern. 

The courthouse steps is an early, pre civil war variation on the traditional log cabin block. The effect resembles the steps of a courthouse which was a central part of 19th/20th century small town life. (Quilts below, from left to right, Folk Fibers, Gee's Bend, Season Evans)

Hand quilting adds texture and variation to the surface. The quilting stitches of every quilter are unique, adding personality and signature to each piece. The back of this quilt is pieced with a variety of scrap fabric and scrap projects.  Many of the small pieces come from the inside of denim pockets that were used to piece the quilt top. I love adding a special pieced back to each quilt, it is important to me that the back of each piece to be in harmony with the front.