Saturday, December 28, 2013

Goodbye to 2013: Dustin's Blocks

Alice's Flag by Dustin Cecil

I chose to do this Block of the Week on Women's Rights in the year 2013 because 1913, a century ago, was such an active period in the fight. That last year before the first World War promised so much.

Goodbye to the Centennial year of Pre-War Life with a gallery of a few of Dustin Cecil's Grandmother's Choice blocks. He made two sets. These blocks are from his Scrappy group.

"My second set is going to be totally blind pulls from my scrap box. Anything goes." sez he.

He often added seams and changed the blocks to fit his scraps

See his Scrappy Blocks photostream here:

What a scrap box he must have!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quilted Top and a Few in Progress

Patty at A Stitch in Time blog
has posted pictures of her finished
Grandmother's Choice quilt

She's calling it New Jersey where her grandmothers lived. She used 36 blocks.

She's had it quilted in a fan pattern which
looks very Modern/Art Deco (another one of those
old-fashioned/modern paradoxes)
Her color scheme and white set and border
add to that up-to-date feel.
See her blog post here:

And a few more finished tops and tops on the design wall:

ColvinKiwi's in Kiwi green and suffragette violet

Variations on the red and white quilt

Color by RUTIGT

More color by Valerie the Morgan Girl

MooseBayMuses in setting hers as a medallion.
It is going to be big.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Karen's Top

Grandmother's Choice Sampler
By Karen at Kookaburra Calling

Karen enjoys applique. Her finished top features a stunning appliqued center. 

She has really pulled together a lot of very different blocks with careful color and fabric choices and by adding that strong central focus framed in a dark scallop.
The block is from Mimi's Bloomers at the One Piece At a Time Blog:

Pinks and tans and lavenders

The final border is another frame that unifies the whole elegant composition.

Great work!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christine's is Quilted

Grandmother's Choice
by Christine

Here's her label. A nice idea to put the selvages
of the fabrics she's used as a frame.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

More Purple Samplers Finished

Kris R. made small quilts and gave them to friends.
A link:

Purple is a color with a wide range of shades and tints. Here are some versions of the Grandmother's Choice Samplers done in the signature color of the British suffragettes.

Nene's Royal by Doniene
Here's a link to her blog:

Pezzia di Fantasia: Sophie 

Sophie mixed many of the symbolic colors: red for the UK, violet and green for the UK, Gold for the U.S....
Here's Sophie's Photostream

And ColvinKiwi's:
violet, green and white
Here's her Photostream:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Leonie's Medallion

Grandmother's Choice
By Leonie at JustcrusingMBK
6" Blocks
62" Square

Some people like to applique. Some don't. Leonie likes it so much she made four of the Heroine's Crown blocks for the corners and added a central applique from Jo Morton's book Prairie Flowers Encore. Using the same flowers she designed an appliqued floral vine border.

Her color choices were reproductions from the mid 19th-century.

In some blocks she mixed reds and blues

Pinks and browns
Nice echoes of double pinks and madder florals.

The blues tended to be bright like the old Prussian blues.

So the whole top has a traditional look.
Beautiful blocks.
Great set.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Kiwis: Sisterhood and Loss

Grandmother' Choice top
Blocks by KayelleKiwi
Finished by ColvinKiwi

Those of us you who read our Flickr Discussion Group comments know of the recent loss of Keyelle Kiwi, a member of our worldwide digital group.

Centennial for New Zealand

Sisters ColvinKiwi and KayelleKiwi worked on the Grandmother's Choice blocks together although CK lived in the U.S. and KK in New Zealand. The internet and Skype made collaboration across the Pacific possible.

 KK (Kerry) made all the blocks but she became too ill to finish her top so her sister put on the borders while saying goodbye in New Zealand.

ColvinKiwi wrote this lovely tribute:

"I'm hoping that you will remember my sister KayelleKiwi who had made her blocks with a bright and breezy colorway.

With a very heavy heart I want to tell you that she passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

When she received her cancer diagnosis in September 2012 I encouraged her to work on the Grandmother's Choice project as something to do to distract her from all the medical business. It gave the two of us something to share (often using skype) despite the fact that she lived in New Zealand and I live in the USA.

On Friday Oct 25 when I arrived in NZ she asked me if I would please make the borders for her quilt top and then get it to the longarm quilter as she wanted it to be a Christmas gift for a family member. I am immensely grateful that I was able to do this before I came home again. 

A special thank you goes to Dawn Copp the longarm quilter who quilted and machine stitched on the binding for me within a 36 hour period so I could see it was almost done before I had to come home. It is now with our non-quilter sister to do the final handstitching of the binding and label.

Quiltmaking is a great form of therapy and I know my sister got a lot of joy out of reading your comments about her blocks. Maybe you'll think of her when you see a flash of lime green paired with black."

The color theme was Kiwi greens and black.

Do browse through Kayelle Kiwi's photostream to see her lively blocks and how they reflect her home.

Our sympathies to ColvinKiwi.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cheryl's Quilt is Finished

RCCheryl has posted photos of her finished quilt

"Vicki Welsh's custom Green and Yellow hand-dyed fabrics were perfect for the setting of this Grandmothers Choice sampler made for my niece, a William and Mary graduate."

Notice how she used the graded shades of Vicki's
fabric, light at the top to dark at the bottom

And her quilting is pretty spectacular too.

See her photostream here:

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Red & White Quilt Auction

Grandmother's Choice Sampler
by Georgann Eglinski
75" Square, 2013

Georgann's finished her sampler and she says she has too many quilts. So we are auctioning off this red and white quilt to raise money for women's health issues. You may recall she made the red and white sample blocks for the block-of-the-week blog here. We thought this would be a good end to the historical journey we took through the fight for women's rights.

The BIDDING IS OVER. EBW won it with a $250 bid.

Georgann used the same speckled red print in every block contrasted with a plain white cotton.
She made 36 blocks, 8" square.

The top.
It is set with four-patch cornerstones in white sashing 
and framed by 
a red strip border.

It's 75" x 75". Here it is as a topper over a white
quilt on a queen-sized bed.
 Kelly Cline quilted it on her long arm machine.

Here's the back.

It would make a lovely gift.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tell Me How You Like Your Tea

"Ladies All I Pray Make Free.
And Tell Me How You Like Your Tea."

If my china cabinet wasn't full of quilts here's what I'd collect.

Women's Suffrage china.


Another version

Cup bottom

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a black saucer in this series, which they credit to Thomas Fell & Company in Newcastle, England, about 1850, lead-glazed earthenware, transfer-printed in underglaze.

Here's a later cream pitcher
John Carr , Low Lights Pottery, about 1870
North Shields, England

Angel of Freedom 
Designed by Sylvia Pankhurst
Bone China
H. W. Williamson, Longton, England

In the early 20th century the British Women's Social & Political Union commissioned china for Suffragette tea rooms. The WSPU Angel of Freedom was used at a tea room at a fundraising fair in 1909.

Angel of Freedom and Scottish Thistle
Commissioned from the Diamond China Company for 
a WSPU Exhibition held in Glasgow 1910

Read more about British china here:

And in this book preview

Votes for Women demitasse cups
Bavarian China commissioned by 
National American Woman Suffrage Association 

American suffrage organizations also commissioned china. Kenneth Florey characterizes this gold trimmed cup and saucer as the most widely distributed suffrage china. It says "Votes For Women" in the gold band.

Votes For Women

This original on this blue and white version is thought to have been commissioned by American Suffrage leader Alva Belmont in 1913 for a tea house at her Newport, Rhode Island, mansion. She had English pottery John Maddock and Sons do a rather extensive line of dinnerware.

Reproductions are available today.

Read about American and British china here:

Here are two sites that offer reproductions of the Belmont china:
1) Washington's Sewall Belmont House Museum