Indigo blues and madder reds were the most stable natural dyes of the early 19th century. Some of the colors used for Dargate Rubies are vibrant and strong; others are softer but all give a palate of simple elegance.
A 20” square of the Hummingbird/floral spray would make an ideal center of a Center Medallion Quilt with pieced and plain surrounds from a color-rich mixture of the coordinates.
The Center Medallion quilt style was especially popular in Great Britain and the United States from 1800-1840.
Florence Cowdin Peto (1881-1970) was an influential and well-respected quilt historian, author, lecturer and quilter whose mission was to document historic quilts and to investigate the quiltmaker. She had a passion for gathering the histories of the quiltmaker by sifting through family records, diaries and papers believing the person was every bit as important as the quilt.
Florence collected antique textile samples and often incorporated them into her quilts using a distinctive style. She used the collection to create her signature floral vine appliqu borders, elaborate broderie perse and fussy cuts flowers became a style that we much admire today.
You will begin to learn much more of her and her passion as this series of fabric collections from the Florence Peto quilts unfolds. Enjoy the process. She would want you to!
Bright blues, eye-popping pinks, and sunny yellows are all part of the charm of this happy collection by Colin-Sanderson. Sure to put a smile on any face, Cottonwood is the perfect blend of whimsy and contemporary with an energy all its own.