Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Double Dutch

Recently a student from a 2008 class sent me some pictures of the project she's completed--wow! Jeanne van der Vlies is from the Netherlands but we met at a quilt show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event was only a three hour class called the Antique English Pleated Log Cabin. All work was by hand and most students got the hang of it and produced one block--ho-hum. Not Jeanne! She continued on and made this wonderful wall hanging.

The detail shows how the logs (strips) fold over and give the work a three-dimensional feeling. The back of the block is also the back of the work so this pattern may be  the original quilt-as-you-go pattern. The technique hails not from the United States but from the Isle of Man (between England and Ireland) where the pattern is called Roof Tile. The theory is not too great a stretch since in the 1840s thousands of people emigrated from the Isle of Man to the United States and likely brought the pattern with them. To American eyes, the strips laid at right angles could be found in log cabin construction and so we re-named it and later generations assumed an American origin.

And then just yesterday Laura F. Strating-Jansens from the Netherlands sent more pictures--this time from a Houston 09 class.
She owns a quilt shop in Amersfoort called Laura's Quilt Atelier (studio). Amersfoort is a bustling city and major railway destination but is also an ancient town (it just celebrated its 750th birthday!) slightly southeast of Amsterdam. Laura often makes trips to the United States with her quilting friends and that's where we meet--at quilt shows!

 Here's Laura's quilt she made as a result of the class called Dakota Flower. The style uses a stitch technique I call Retro Applique. That's applique with a contrasting thread in a running stitch at the edge of the motif. Stitches are larger than usual and meant to be seen. It works best if you relax and realize that you're not doing traditional precise work a la Baltimore but should just have fun.

Don't you love it when quilting makes the world get smaller?


Jackie said...

Laura from The Netherlands was in the scrap quilt class as well - last fall in Houston. I was your Teacher's Pet ... and have been working on that scrap quilt in between other projects. Laura's quilt turned out beautiful.

Vicki Lane said...

These are beautiful, Pepper! I'd love to try that pleated Log Cabin.

bonnieb said...

It is fun to be in touch with quilters in other countries. I have met quilters on line from the Netherlands and Austria. Does it seem to you they are more into tradiontional methods and patterns? I have fallen in love with Quiltmania magazine and there are some more comtemporary quilts, but mostly more traditional stuff. The colors seem more subdued. I'm sure you are also pleased when students send pictures and you can see the fruits of your labors.
Always love the historical details. Our last cat was a Manx and things about the Isle of Man always me think of him. Their hind legs are longer than their front legs for leaping over the rocky terrain. So when he walked, he swaggered.

Robin said...

I do love when the world is a bit smaller and for doing your part to make that happen...The Sunshine Award:)