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.
Ever since I saw this year's TQS Rajah Quilt I have been pondering ideas for customizing the center block. Not that there aren't challenges -- the center is an unusual size, the finished size of the center is 13 1/2 inches (14 inches unfinished). Here are some of my ideas:
Rajah Quilt theme
1) The RAJAH was a barque - a sailing ship with 3 masts. Fortunately, Sue Garman has a Baltimore-style block with a barque in her Ladies of the Sea Quilt (Block 2 - The Alyssa -- single blocks are available for purchase) that would require customizing for size and theme and is available here: www.comequilt.com/.../Ladies-of-the-Sea/.../Ladies-of-the-Sea--Complete-Pattern-Set-x1942553.htm
2) Ink, print or embroider the original label. nga.gov.au/rajahquilt
3) A pieced block -- signifying a journey e.g. mariner's compass
4) Broderie Perse applique with a modern print. My favorite book on Broderie Perse applique is Love to Quilt...Broderie Perse: The Elegant Quilt Paperback – March, 1997 by Barbara Barber (unfortunately $50 on Amazon but it may be available from your guild or local library)