Thursday, 9 January 2014

I love vintage

I really do. Vintage notions, vintage furniture, vintage buttons, vintage fabric... I could go on and on.

Vintage quilts are what inspired me to ask my bees to make butterfly blocks, I have been thinking a lot about the tradition of quilting and wanting to try applique. Making a butterfly quilt for my middle daughter is a chance for me to try something new while keeping a vintage aesthetic. 

Lovely bee blocks have already flown in to play with mine - thank you Bee A Brit Stingy ladies!


One of the options for the bees was a paper pieced version by Leila, the 'Alice Brooks Butterfly'.
Since asking for these blocks I have been a bit obsessed with trying to google information about that butterfly block. Firstly one of the comments on Leila's post was from Q is for Quilter, who has redrafted the block and has a scan of the vintage pattern. After searching for the pattern I believe that it was a mail order quilt pattern, I guess that was popular with quilters before magazines! Alice Brooks was the name these patterns were published under and the design is by Laura Wheeler.

Interestingly I then came across an award winning EPP quilt using those blocks by Frances of Fabadashery. She has written about her inspiration and research on the quilt, as well as further posts about making it and showing it. I really recommend reading her blog and taking a look at her quilt!
She also mentioned that the pattern is available in this book:




And if you're into vintage (and in the UK or Ireland) you might like to know that Mary is having another vintage sheet swap. I took part last time and it was brilliant, she's very organised and I've got a lovely bundle of FQs from the first round. Check it out!


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21 comments:

  1. These are so pretty Lucy - I'm looking forward to seeing them all flying in their lovely vintage-y formation :-)

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  2. All your butterfly blocks are lovely Lucy! They will have you dreaming of Spring, I'm sure!

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  3. So glad you like the butterfly block! My daughter says she likes your square pieced ones better. :)

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  4. Lovely blocks, I've seen them popping up on IG and had no idea they were for you, you lucky lady, enjoy :o)

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  5. I love the idea of a butterfly quilt. Can't wait to see all the blocks together.

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  6. Gorgeous blocks and thanks for the shout out. xx

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  7. The blocks look so awesome together. Love the variation in size - makes it so very interesting to peer at. Great job bee ladies!

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  8. Those butterflies look so good all together. Di x

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  9. Your blocks are stunning and such beautiful colours - thanks for the link to Faberdashery, I think I'm going to enjoy reading her blog :)

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  10. Beautiful butterfly blocks! I'm such a fan of vintage and I'm always happy to see vintage projects.

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  11. Lovely flutterbies, and vintage stalking xxx

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  12. The butterfly blocks are looking lovely - thanks for the links, I'm off to have a read!

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  13. The blocks are amazing together! I am so signing up to this swap!

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  14. They all look fabulous together Lucy. Sorry my pieced one is a bit ruched in places

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  15. Love your butterflies!! They really do have that beautiful vintage look about them.

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  16. Love what everyone made for you!

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  17. I just asked @poppiepoochie about her block on IG and she sent me to you! Thanks for all the info, I think this block will work as a cushion. Your quilt is looking lovely.

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  18. Are Bee blocks are great. Can't wait to see them in a finished quilt.

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  19. This is sucj a beautiful block! Your quilt is going to be amazing :)

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  20. Vintage carpet too?? ;)

    The butterflies are super cute!

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