Following the example of vintage squares as seen in the most recent post, The Laundry Girl is also full of fabulous squares, but is a much more recent creation.
I wanted to experiment with the medallion format for quilts, which focuses on a central motif, surrounded by different borders, usually made from varying sewing techniques. When I started working in this form with a few fellow quilters, we found that adding these additional borders was not as simple as we had originally anticipated.
For this quilt, I cut apart an unused, vintage laundry bag found in an antique store and used it for the center of the quilt. The image and the writing were printed on the muslin, as was the pattern for hand embroidery. I completed the embroidery, and chose the fabrics for the first border. All the fabrics are from my vintage collection.
As soon as I put on the third border, the blue floral with patchworked corners, my original ideas for the remainder of the quilt no longer worked. This medallion technique has been wonderfully challenging every step of the way, and it’s so much fun that I now have at least two new medallions in progress currently.
The Laundry Girl, 2013 57″ x 63.5″ Photography by Sibila Savage
Here is a close-up of the charming laundress.
The Laundry Girl, detail 1
Here is a close view of some of these wonderful vintage fabrics. I think these are great fun to look at.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that there is one fabric in Detail 2 above that is not a vintage fabric. Can you find it??? (Hint: it appears twice.)