Monday, November 2, 2009

Circa 1890

Corean Liggitt 1872-1946

Isn't this quilt just beautiful? It was made by Corean Liggitt from Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, in 1890. Made as a wedding gift, for a family member and all done by hand. The raw edges of each leaf was turned under and topstitched down, then she blanket stitched around the edges and stem stitched the veins. The center motif was recycled from a dress and then appliqued over intricate crocheted lacework. Cheddar yellow fabric was used for the background and the leaves were made from velvet, wool, silk, cotton and taffeta. The border was filled in with blanket stitched circles. The back of the quilt was made from men's handkerchiefs and a blanket was used as batting. All three layers were tied together with Perle cotton.

This beautiful Leaf Applique quilt was featured in the November 2008 issue of Quilters Newsletter magazine. Along with templates of the different leaves. Seventeen different leaves, to be exact, and a butterfly. Such a perfect quilt for me. Combining three things I love; hand applique, Autumn and stitchery. One day I shall make my own version of this beautiful quilt. Until that day, I will keep my eyes open for the perfect piece of cheddar yellow fabric.

POTC McIntosh
Two more completed Shades of Autumn POTC blocks
POTC Thanksgiving

Until next week.....happy quilting!



Janet said...

What a wonderful quilt and quite modern looking too. I must have that issue of the magazine but can't remember it. Must go look it up. Your blocks look lovely, I have that pattern for one day.

Kathie said...

I don't think I have seen that issue of QNM oh my I missed a beauty
my favorite solid cheddar is from P and B.
But there are a few good ones out now with little prints on them!
good luck it looks like a beauty
I love your blocks

Fiesta said...

The quilt is stunning. I had read about it several years ago. I love your 2 blocks especially the autumn one

Jackie said...

The quilt is absolutely beautiful!! It will be nice to see if you can find that color yellow and begin to recreate the quilt. Your POTC blocks are just beautiful too.

Funoldhag said...

The quilt you described does sound perfect for you, Karen. I will go through my QNM mags and look at it. And the POTC blocks, as usual, are just lovely. I have been trying to see what the POTC stands for. Have a great week doing things you love! Carol

Crispy said...

Wow I really love this quilt!! Your POTC blocks are beautiful!!


Carrie P. said...

Oh, it is a beautiful quilt and so are your blocks.

Deb said...

Your blocks are beautiful - are you making up the names for each of the crosses yourself? Very evocative. And the cheddar quilt - lovely. Hope you make it one day.

Jody said...

Beautiful blog!! I'll be back (think Arnold's voice!)

Robin said...

Oh, leaves! So lovely! As are your POTC blocks. The fabrics and the names are just perfect. I especially love Thanksgiving (and not just because it is my favorite holiday!). Beautiful! :)

Cathi said...

The quilt is absolutely gorgeous!
And your POTC blocks are fabulous. That is going to be a beautiful quilt!

Debbie J said...

The applique in the antique quilt and in your current quilt are beautiful! I need to work on learning how to do applique better. I'm afraid I'm not too good at it!

Beth Karese said...

Another amazing antique quilt! I went to look for a closer shot of the quilt and discovered that QNM had a PDF web extra for it,

I just love the names you come up for your POTC blocks!