Sew Simple, Look Complex!
Do you like the look of broderie perse (or chintz appliqué) but think they are too complicated for you to make? Printed panels make it easy. You can piece preprinted blocks together with extra background fabric to connect the blocks or surround them with pieced borders. You can also appliqué the motifs to a background to create your own arrangements and collages. These techniques were also used by quilters in the early 1800s. A block printer in Philadelphia named John Hewson, made a business of custom block printing these panels for quilters and many of these quilts still survive today. Barbara Brackman talks about many of these quilts on her blog. Andover Fabrics has reproduced some of the Hewson designs used in a quilt in the Winterthur Collection. This link will give you a free pattern for the original quilt.
Here is a link to a different quilt made with the same collection of fabrics by Andover Fabrics.
I’m offering many of the fabrics needed to make the quilts or one of your own design. These fabrics are very difficult to find and are currently out of print. I am only offering the Vase of Flowers panel in a bundle with the other coordinating motifs. To order email email@example.com. Border fabric is very limited. Shipping and handling will be calculated based on the size of the order.
Vase bundle includes: 1 Vase of Flowers panel, 2 Floral Bush panels with 14 butterflies, 6 Floral Spray panels, 4 Large Bird and Bush panels, 4 Medium Bird and Bush panels, and 8 Small Birds. Price is $76.
Vase of Flowers
Motif: 21.5″ h x 19.5″ w
Block approx 23″h x 21″ w