So many have asked me about the differences in these two quilts that are so much alike. I found photos and you can compare. If you look closely the very center square are different. Then go out to about the 5th round – on Hertfordshire you have small nine patch blocks on point, On Billings you have hexie flowers. From there out it looks pretty much the same to me until you get to the final border where if you look closely they are different. I have not tracked down which quilt was designed first but both were taken from a historic quilt that was made back at the end of the 1700’s or early 1800’s from what I have read – anyone know which came first? EDITED @ 7:31 – Celia left a comment with a link to the original quilt that some of you might want to check out – beautiful – thanks Celia.
This is the Hertfordshire Quilt designed by Carolyn Konig – this quilt and pattern can be found in the book “Creative Heirlooms” by Carolyn Konig printed by Quiltmania. This is the pattern that if I ever get around to it that I would be making as the pattern is in the book I have ordered. I believe this quilt design is the one that looks more like the original – but I could be wrong.
And this is Mrs. Billings Coverlet designed by Karen Styles you can find patterns for this quilt from various sites, some in Australia and a few here in the states. You can get the paper pieces from Paper Pieces but no pattern. You can do a search on her name and find someplace to order if you are interested. From what I hear most do a combination of EPP and machine or hand piecing for both quilts.
I stayed busy all day yesterday – I did not even want to dwell on the elections here in the states – I do pay attention to the election process and this past year has been hell to say the least – I just hope all well turn out ok – nothing we can do about it now but live with it and hope the transition goes ok.
I worked outside cleaning out leafs and building supplies that have been gathering up from out outside project then I came back in and worked on my scrappy stars to take a break from the hexies. I had mentioned a week or so ago that I realized that some of accuquilt dies would work out for the outer borders of the scrappy squares – I was able to use the dies in the smaller box of this package on the right – this is the 12 inch block set of the GoQube, the Accuquilt GoQubes are now on sale until the end of the year – there are three sizes of these – 12inch like what I have, 8 inch, and 6 inch – those are the sizes of blocks that you can make – most I believe have about 72 variations of blocks and now they have companion qubes that make your selection about double what you had. (sale link at end of post)
These are the two I was using for the stars.
not much waste.
corners are dog-eared for easier sewing.
Four scrappy stars now added to the wall!