Thursday, 19 November 2015

Love in a Mist - Red Sky at Night Quilt

Our final block! And this week I got some unexpected, paid quilt design work (hurray!) and a sick baby (boo!) and so we're late again. This series has certainly brought out the best and the worst of me. It's confirmed my love of story telling, women's history, and research, and my deplorable weakness when it comes to routine, organization, and regularity. But as a good friend of mine says, there is no failure, there are only learning experiences. And I am thankful for this one, and for you who have followed along.
I left Love in a Mist until last because it looks like a super celebratory ribbon-star, and because, although it's a kind of cheesy name, it's a fitting one for a history of quilting.
This block was first published in Farm Journal, possibly as early as the 1890s, when published patterns were beginning to spread across the country in journals and newspapers. The patchwork quilt was experiencing a surge in popularity due to tough financial times, and the publication of patterns fed this boom. Women were invited to design blocks and submit them, or share old blocks passed on to them with their story. It was old style craft blogging in perhaps it's earliest form. In a country where most of its inhabitants were still living rural lifestyles, it was a way for women to connect, share their knowledge and grow their skill.
Before the 1890s, blocks were often given names like 'patchwork' or 'quilt block', but as publications became more popular, and in competition, titles became more creative. Love in a Mist makes me smile, because it's so cheesy. It's such a bold, happy design. Who gave it this name? And what did they use it for? A wedding quilt perhaps?
It is, as usual, these stories that have been lost in a mist, but if we have learned anything in this series, we know that quilts were made by women and girls for their families and friends to mark special occasions, to say goodbye, to hang in shows, or simply to warm at night. The practical and necessary nature of quilting, however, did not stop these women creating an incredible number of varied designs. To me, it reflects the very nature of creativity and generosity. We may have lost their stories, but we know they were thoughtful, they were conscientious, and they were artists.


You will need:

Red: One 4.5" square, eight 3 3/8" squares, cut in half diagonally, four 3" squares cut in half diagonally to make half square triangles.

White: Four 3 3/8" squares, cut in half diagonally, four 3" squares cut in half diagonally to make half square triangles.

1. Taking the white 3 3/8" squares, place them on point, and sew a 3 3/8" red half square triangle to two opposite sides. Press toward the triangles and sew two more to the other sides.

2. Trim to 4.5"

3. Sew the red 3" half square triangles to the white ones. Press toward the red and trim to 2.5"

4. Lay out as below.

5. Sew the little squares in the corners to the ones next to them. Press away from the triangles.

6. Sew these together. Press open.

7. Sew together in three rows. Press seams open.

8. Sew rows together.

Can you believe we're actually here? I can't! On Monday, I'll show you how I stitched the quilt together, and my photos of the finish. And I'll have a linky party open for the rest of November for you to share your progress from your blog or Instagram. There'll be a prize! Be sure to come back, especially to check out the incredible work of one talented 15 year old.


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  2. Hi!
    This block might be named for the flower Love-in-a-mist, also known as Nigella - looks very similar to me. Just a thought :)

    like this:
    or this:

    1. Oh, of course! Thanks so much for sharing Jean!

  3. I think I'm sad to see this series end! I've enjoyed reading and seeing each block. You did an amazing job putting together each post! Can't wait to see your finish!

  4. I picked this up probably half way through and love your blocks and story telling. Are you putting this together in a little booklet? Also, do you know how much fabric you used in total? I'd love to have a go at doing the whole project. Thank you. Have a great weekend. :0) xx

  5. This is a beautiful block and a beautiful name Jodi!

  6. Hey thanks for doing all these.. with this one im completely up to date. Ive had a great timr with it.

    When it says :
    White: Four 3 3/8" squares, cut in half diagonally.

    I dont think they want to be cut in half. Sorry and thank you so much again ;)


  7. Oops you also missed 4 x 2.5inch squares in both colours xxx


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