Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp: 2015 QuiltAlong


For 2015 I'm planning a QuiltAlong here on the Civil War Quilts blog. Every Wednesday I'll post a piece in the Stars in a Time Warp series----but it won't be a pattern for a different design each week, like we have been doing the past few years.


We'll be doing the same 6" sawtooth star every week.

Vintage Variable Star or Sawtooth Star, about 1850-1880

What will change weekly is the fabric. Each post will be a lesson on reproduction fabrics in a particular style or color.

Vintage Sawtooth Star about 1870-1890.

You'll wind up with many 6" stars that you can mix or match into time warp quilts.


My stars in Turkey red repro fabrics
  

The fabric lessons will be based on my books America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890 and Making History: Quilts and Fabric from 1890-1970.

This month we'll begin in the 1840-1865 period---the Civil War era--- with tips for finding authentic reproduction prints in Turkey red and Prussian blue style.

My books aren't necessary to participate but they will add to your understanding of the various fabrics. We'll start with America's Printed Fabrics, Chapter 3: The Fabric of Young America (1840-1865)

Vintage quilt with chintz alternate blocks

We'll go forward in time stitching sawtooth stars from the repro prints in your stash or on your shopping list. Because it's a time warp we can shift backwards too, exploring the days of chintz and toile.

Vintage quilt with chintz alternate blocks

You can make one star or more each week. By the end of the series we'll have a shower of stars to set into a quilt from mini to king-sized. I'll also give you plenty of traditional set ideas (and many new interpretations from some of the best quilters working with reproduction prints today.)



Reproduction block by Becky Brown
Becky will add her distinctive eye to the weekly posts.
Look for the first post next Wednesday January 7th. I'll still do Saturday posts as long as I continue to find information about Civil War Quilts and reproductions, so if you subscribe by email you'll get two notifications every week.



Vintage block about 1880-1910

36 comments:

WoolenSails said...

Love the look of the star blocks, but think I will be finishing what I started and making the quilts I have put on hold, this year;)

Debbie

Jeanne said...

I have both books on order and I'm looking forward to stars!

Vic in NH said...

Hip, hip, hooray! This means that I do not need to learn a whole new block every week and I can concentrate on the beautiful fabric combinations, WHEEEE! Count me IN! Now, where did I stash that bag of Richmond Reds???? Hee, hee!

YankeeQuilter said...

I just happen to have both of those books and organizing my repro stash is on my resolution list! This could work...

Jeanne said...

Barbara, how long will the star series run? I'm doing some project planning, and wondering how many stars per month I should try to accomplish?

Cynthia Woodham said...

I look forward to the 7th I love this idea of the fabric being the focus. We are going to learn a lot with this one.

Barbara Brackman said...

Jeanne
I am thinking all year. So far I have 49 topics. It's going to be hard to make only one star a week.

Jeanne said...

Thanks Barbara! All year is great. I'll aim for 2 - 3 a week and hope for 144. If I do less, I can always increase borders and sashing ... or if by chance I do **too many** (ha.), I can also make another smaller quilt :) It gives me a range at least!

desertskyquilts said...

This is such a winning combination for me, who loves Sawtooth Stars AND 1800s reproduction fabrics! Thank you for coming up with yet another wonderful idea and sharing your knowledge with us.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

What a fun proposal. Thank you. Right now I'm off to see where I can find your book.

Susan in FL said...

I have a pattern on my to do list that is all sawtooth star blocks. How did you know I needed to decide on fabrics? This will be a gift next year for my brother and his wife who don't have a quilt in the guest room where we visit. I'm so excited to learn more from you about Civil War textiles. I hope I can part with the quilt when I'm finished...or maybe I should make two, lol.

Sue Hilton said...

I am really looking forward to this. I have one of your books and like the focus on information on fabrics. Have a sizable CW stash so this is a perfect project for me. Thank you!!

Sue in Maryland

Anonymous said...

Barbara, I read your weekly posts but this will be my first quilt along with you. Thank you for all the knowledge you share with us, love the idea of same block, different fabric periods. I especially like the photo of the quilt with so many fabrics in one block. Looking forward to the 7th. Happy New Year.

Helle H said...

Hi
Thank you so much for letting us learn from your great knowledge about Civil War Quilts. I look forward to read and sew.
Lots of thanks from Helle from Denmark

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I always learn so much from your blog, and sawtooth stars are so versatile, simple, and fun to make. Looking forward to joining this quilt-along!

Louise said...

My sister just emailed me about this stitch along. We both have pretty sizable collections of civil wars which I am thinking could do with a thinning out..I 'm on board!

Brenda DeBord said...

Love stars, can't wait to get started.

Quiltlady said...

How timely - I am currently reading America's Printed Fabrics. My stash of reproduction fabrics is quite small, but I think I can take care of that little problem easily enough. I am looking forward to this project

Anonymous said...

Hello Barbara, I am Louise's sister and will be on board with her for Time Warp Quilt Along. Really looking forward to this and appreciate all of the valuable information you share with us. Judy

Teresa said...

I love the history and learning about fabrics! I am really looking forward to this! THANK YOU!

Elin Torvik Grov said...

Dear Barbara! I do look forward to this. Thanks a lot for your inspiration!
Elin in Norway.

Danice said...

How wonderful! I have grabbed your button, and looking for fabric for my first sawtooth block :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Barbara, I have loved your work for so long. Learned so much from your books, articles and blogs. Since I learned about those. Have not met one of your fabrics I do not LOVE! This project sounds so informative, will be joining and tring to learn more. Heard an old interview you did with Pat Sloan recently. Enjoyed your starting out with cards and now the info is all on e-books. If I am saying that correctly. Thanks for all your hard work. I love and appreciate you. Rosie out here in Idaho

Allison in Plano said...

Really enjoying this quilt along . . . a friend recently found a top while in Florida that has a label stating it was part of the Floroda Qult Heritage documentation project for the Museum of Florida History. It has great examples of "how they would have used the fabric." I'd like to send you pictures of it. Are you interested? Thank you for your time, Allison in Plano, Texas. allon0711@yahoo.com

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I hope folks will post on Instagram #starsinatimewarp!

Teresa said...

I just posted my first two blocks on my blog,would love to see everyone else's. www.heirloomquiltingcompany.blogspot.com

Gina Loren said...

This would be a time to use my CW fat quarters I've been collecting.

Linda Copas said...

I have a wonderful collection of Civil War reproduction fabrics, and one can never have too many star quilts! I was lucky to take a workshop you conducted in connection with the Indiana Quilt Registry Project, and have one of your original 3-ring binder encyclopedias!

Anonymous said...

Sawtooth Star is a favorite of mine, and think this is an excellent idea! Count me in!

Vicki said...

I signed up to receive the blog about Stars and gave not received them for weeks. Please sign me up vickiharrell9@gmail.com. thanks

Unknown said...

How can I sign up for the weekly emails?

Lin | Timeshare attorney said...

great info , tnx for share

Hey Jude said...

I've been working on stars, mostly.My dilemma is I've sewed 5 across and have 6 rows. Thinking I need sashing on the horizontal??. I plan to unsew on the horizontal for an ecru sashing. Too much without any sashing! And unsure about the border??

Hey Jude said...

I've been working on stars, mostly.My dilemma is I've sewed 5 across and have 6 rows. Thinking I need sashing on the horizontal??. I plan to unsew on the horizontal for an ecru sashing. Too much without any sashing! And unsure about the border??

Jocelyn Thurston said...

I just love sawtooth stars. They are so versatile in using up 'the stash'. These featured are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Leslie Lim said...

I read your blog.I thought it was great.. Hope you have a great day. God bless.

Rica
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