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Join us on a TQS exclusive 12-month historic journey recreating the historic Rajah Quilt, sewn by women convicts on board the ship Rajah traveling from England on April 1841 to the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land-now known as Tasmania. The original quilt measured at approximately 128" x 128", but Lessa recreated it in quarter scale with fabrics from her stash. She used many different scraps, imagining that's what might have happened when the original quilt was being made. She followed the colors of the original quilt loosely, and tea dyed fabrics that didn't look old enough. You can obtain the same look with reproduction fabrics, or make a more contemporary-looking version like the one created for TQS.

TOPIC: Customizing the Center Block

Customizing the Center Block 14 Feb 2016 17:18 #135973

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So kind. Thanks for the encouragement -- I've kind of stalled and needed the push. :)
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Customizing the Center Block 13 Feb 2016 09:34 #135941

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Wow. This is going to be a fabulous medallion! I have a packet of 5" squares of 19th c repros in every shade of purple. No idea where or why I acquired it. By now you will have found that perfect purple, but it made me wish I could drop it off at a guild meeting or bee! Thanks for sharing your discoveries about the history of the Rajah as well.
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Customizing the Center Block 03 Feb 2016 10:46 #135742

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So I've been whipping right along on month 2, I've already finished my 36 diamond in a square units, I thought I would give a progress report on month 1.

I decided to use Sue Garman's block the Elyssa from Ladies of the Sea. The original block was surrounded by Texas bluebonnets which was not in keeping with The Rajah. It took me a while to figure out what to put instead but I settled on the Scottish Thistle since the ship's captain was Scottish and the quilt was rediscovered in Scotland in 1987. I couldn't find a pattern, so I drew it (a first for me).

JudyFNRajahBlock1pattern.jpg


Along the way, I've discovered I must not like purple. I went stash shopping and could only come up a few purple fabrics and no 2 worked together and worked with my other fabric choices for the quilt. So it was off to the local quilt shop (local being relative since it is over an hour from my house), after shopping for over an hour I finally settled on 2 fabrics but I knew I wasn't happy with my choices. After much futzing, I did manage to settle on a fabric combination I liked. :woohoo:

Then I had to figure out templates, make bias binding, and am currently glue turning the edges (30 pieces down, 40+ to go). After than there's hand applique, embroidery and inking. Since applique is on the agenda for next month I am really going to try to get this done this month.
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Customizing the Center Block 15 Jan 2016 16:08 #135337

Good idea with Sue Garman block, who does not love that lady and her work, would have to be my all time favourite, now one does patterns like Sue I say.


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Customizing the Center Block 07 Jan 2016 16:22 #135163

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I thought to add some more info on customizing the center block. If your design, doesn't fit the dimensions of the center of the Rajah quilt you can add floaters to get to the right size. The finished size of the center block of the Rajah Quilt Revisited is 13 1/2" by 13 1/2".

Of course, TQS has some great information on how to do floaters. My first recommendation is to watch Sue Garman's lessons on floaters from 2009.
June has the basics of floaters. July at minute 4:45 has more design considerations for floaters. "All 12 videos are here in one place. Click on the Playlist indicator on the top left of the screen to select the video you want to watch." The playlist indicator is just to left of the 1/12 at the top of video screen. If you don't see that header, wiggle your mouse and it will come up.

thequiltshow.com/component/allvideoshare/video/bom-2009-sue-garman-sue-garman-tips-for-bom-2009

Episode 1801 with Lessa has tips for adding a narrow strip around a block. This discussion with Ricky starts at minute 28:00.

thequiltshow.com/component/allvideoshare/video/show-1801-piecing-perfection-from-the-bom-designer
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Customizing the Center Block 05 Jan 2016 13:16 #135108

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My guess is no -- there won't be a split out of the applique pattern beyond what we've been given. You might want to ask that question in the comments with the pattern to see if there will be more information forthcoming.
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Customizing the Center Block 05 Jan 2016 11:09 #135100

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Yes, I saw that segment. I was wondering if we were going to be given a split out appliqué pattern.
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Customizing the Center Block 05 Jan 2016 09:23 #135096

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From Episode 1801, Lessa Siegele had more ideas for customizing the quilt.

The discussion with Lessa and Alex on customizing the center block starts at minute 12:30.

1) Custom/commercial applique design: there is a beautiful block by one of Lessa’s students done in batiks
2) Embroidery – use either an embroidery block or heirloom embroidered piece
3) Use one piece of fabric: there is a picture of a modern fabric used. Rosemary in post # 134960 suggested a reproduction block, circa 1820-1840. www.quiltmuseumshop.org.uk/product/1116/Vintage_Chintz_Fabric_Panel
4) Combine applique elements from the pattern with broderie perse applique: in the example, a pansy fabric was used
5) Personalize the quilt. Alex’s idea was to honor her grandpa’s cherry orchard
6) Orphan block: a pieced or applique block from a class you haven't used
7) Machine embroidered applique block. I am especially fond of Smith Street Designs.
smithstreetdesigns.com

I look forward to seeing what everyone decides to do.
Last Edit: 05 Jan 2016 09:29 by JudyFN. Reason: Add additional idea.
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Customizing the Center Block 02 Jan 2016 04:10 #135006

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I'm fairly certain that I picked up some Dutch style fq's also at the Quilt Museum that would work well. After that perhaps fabrics by French General? If you get a floral fabric that has a cream background that tones with your background square that would work pretty well.


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Customizing the Center Block 01 Jan 2016 18:24 #134996

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Great ideas! I like that a little history is included with the instructions. It looks like the center block is 13 1/2 by 13 1/2. That is on Block 1's instructions. Interesting that the original was broderie perse. I wonder where else we can find the period chintz. I need to go search the internet.

I also like how she references back to techniques learned in earlier BOMs. She mentions a technique that Sue Nickels did. Kathy Stone also used to mention all the time that she learned such and such from SHow # xxx or something Ricky demo'd. Cool!
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Customizing the Center Block 01 Jan 2016 16:07 #134990

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Customizing the Center Block 01 Jan 2016 14:05 #134983

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I would also like to know the finished size of the center block as I would customize it as well.
Is anyone sure of the size?
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Customizing the Center Block 01 Jan 2016 12:02 #134971

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Since I first saw this BOM, I've also wondered if I would customize the center block. No, I'm not sure, but I do have a fairly big feathered star that might fit. I'll have to check on the size.
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Customizing the Center Block 01 Jan 2016 10:43 #134964

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I have downloaded the first month info. I want to make the original block design and was wondering if there will be any further info, e.g break out of design pieces, number to cut, etc?
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