Boehm House Vintage quilt top pattern
Class begins January 1, 2021, here are some things to keep in mind:
The quilt top will measure approx. 54×54” if you follow the pattern as given. If you choose to eliminate the sashing strips and cornerstones, it will measure approx. 48×48”.
The Star Blocks are your Visual Anchor. The center Dresden Plate block is your “Bulls Eye”. The quilting fabrics and handkerchief colors need to work well with each other so as to draw your eye around the quilt top.
Lay out your quilting fabrics in what you consider to be the Light to Dark order. Take a picture of these laid out fabrics. Edit the picture to black and white. Reevaluate the order of your placed fabrics. Move your fabrics around if necessary and take a picture of your final placement. This will guide you to Star fabric placements. Your fabrics that “read” or look darker will work best if they are closer to the bottom on your quilt top. In other words, the darker fabrics will give your quilt top “visual weight” and as such, you may not want them placed at or near the top of your project.
You may have noticed that there ARE NOT cornerstones at all the intersections of sashing strips. This is intentional as I did not want to have cornerstone blocks anywhere other than the 4 corners of each Star Block.
As it appears in the pattern picture, there are horizontal and vertical seams in the center Dresden Plate block. I did not construct my Dresden Plate block in this manner. I completed the Dresden Plate circle and centered it on the bleached muslin single large piece of bleached muslin. I then Raw Edge Machine Appliqued the Dresden Plate circle to the large muslin square. Rather than use a center circle to complete the Dresden Plate I chose to use a small vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden block which was also machine appliquéd in place.
Remember, this is not a speed challenge! Take your time once we begin! Everyone works at their own pace and unless you drop out, no one will be left behind. There are 8 Sections to this quilt. Once we have constructed all of our quilt blocks, we will lay them out and begin sewing these 8 Sections together.
Along the way you may very well change your mind about some of the blocks you have constructed. You may change your mind about your block placement. Perfectly normal! When I developed this pattern, I went through 19 different versions before I was happy. We will be working with Version #20! I also moved my Star Blocks around quite a bit before I was happy with their placement.
Keep in mind that when working with vintage linens, there are no rules, only what pleases you!
Are you excited? I know I am!
Happy quilting and Merry Christmas!
Blessings to all, Rhonda