A friend and I are travelling by train and bus once a month to get to Quiltsmith for classes with Sue Ross to make a version of the Auntie Green coverlet. This one has been whispering in my ear for years so when the opportunity arose, I jumped at it. I've never done a medallion before so it'll be a new experience.
It's most recently been pictured in Annette Gero's book, the fabric of Society. There is no pattern for sale so this is strictly an in class pattern where we follow our own applique methods and fabric preferences.
I'm going for an old look so it could turn out quite muted but who knows, I'll choose fabrics as I go. I'm using a cream background but the others in the class are using a more taupe colour which is equally as nice.
For the leaves I've chosen some teal fabrics and I only have a section on the left to finish off.
Hopefully I'll be able to get to some prep over the next few days so I can make a start on the center applique.
My word for this year is focus so I'm determined to make better use of my time and get better organised with my projects. Next week is set aside for drawing the next vine panel for the Susan McCord quilt.
About the Auntie Green coverlet.
It was made around 1860 by Mary Ann Wellen, Stepney, London.
Mary Ann was known as Auntie Green by those who knew her and the coverlet was made for her niece Anne Kirby who travelled to live in New Zealand.
It was left to Anne's Australian niece, Mabel Williams who then passed it onto her niece, Mavis Roberts who is the current owner.
The coverlet uses a linen background and is unlined.
There could be as much as fifty metres of what looks like bias in the borders but is actually fabric cut on the straight of grain. There are consequently lots of tucks and ruffles in the borders.
It measures 96.5in x 91in
Until next time, Janet