Thursday 27 June 2013

Love Entwined is launched!

Love Entwined is already shaping out to be a marvellous adventure; the energy and enthusiasm this quilt has generated prior to launching is breathtaking. I haven't been this excited about a quilt in years. I know a lot of you feel the same. Together, we're going to have a wonderful adventure making this heirloom. Today we've made a start and I'm looking forward to the finish line when we call look back and say, we did it!
Does it feel like I've been discussing this quilt for weeks? Well, I must admit I have. So let's get straight down to business and take a good  look at the centre square as this is where the quilt really begins and where our BOM starts it's journey.
Now, neither of these mock up sketches do the pattern or my colour options any justice, but I think it gives you enough idea of where this pattern is headed. In Part 1 which just launched over in the group, we start with an introduction to the quilt, it's fabric requirements and the centre compass. Don't be fooled, it may not sound like much, but it's plenty to be going on with and next month (July 15th) we really step up a notch in terms of getting the centre square together. Due to my late launch, you have just enough time to think about your colour ways and select your favourite applique method.
I have posted the centre square (instead of just the compass this month) for good reason: a lot of beginners have contacted me. You want to make the quilt, you want to join in, but the idea of making the whole quilt is just too daunting. I suggest that you make the centre square only. This centre square (with, say, a 2 inch added border to finish) would be a stunning wall hanging on it's own. It's a real option for those of you who aren't experienced in applique or don't have the time to invest in the entire quilt.
You already know what this means,
there's something in this quilt for everyone!

You'll notice that I am between a rock and a hard place, colour wise. Should I stick with the faded linen or brighten up with the white background? Red and pink vases? Or blue and yellow? I can't decide! I keep going back and forth. I have tried to be Georgian True but there is so much conflicting advice about British Georgian colour schemes, and then; do the cool, sophisticated interiors of subtle tones and striking hues work in quilts? Is the original really created in 'Georgian' colours? I don't know. I've never seen it. After all my intense scrutiny, I don't want to make a call either way. The more I look at the original the more I think that it's actually a scrappy quilt. Will we ever know?

oh 'a fine marriage coverlet' where are you?
I've had a lot to say about the original 'fine marriage coverlet' in the past weeks. You all know that Love Entwined 1790 Marriage Coverlet is my ode to ‘a fine marriage coverlet’. I have created this quilt pattern as a historic interpretation of this important quilt and it is my hope that the popularity of this BOM will renew interest in the original quilt.

Now the focus shifts to the actual making of a new heirloom and I find that I don't have anything more to add about the original because there's no more information to go on. So, lastly, before we move ahead, I want to make one last statement about the coverlet:

It is my hope that it will be found and afforded its place in both British and quilting history as a fine example of women's work and as a legacy of workmanship respectively. It’s my opinion that this can only happen if it is found and preserved in a Museum for future generations to come. This quilt is an ode to the legacy of quilting and to women, known and unknown, who have contributed to our rich and combined quilting heritage; for whilst this is a British quilt, quilting belongs to the entire quilting community and does in that respect, inspire and ask us to maintain its preservation, regardless of our geographic location.

So, who's ready to start this BOM ? 

‘Love Entwined 1790 Marriage Coverlet’ is a Free 18 Month Historic BOM.
Each ‘block’ of the month is released monthly, on the 15th of each month. All ‘blocks’ are available for free during the month of their release. Any missed ‘blocks’ may be purchased.
All ‘blocks’ are available for download via my Yahoo BOM Group only.


  1. Oh, Esther, I don't know what to say. It's just stunning!!

  2. What a Beauty!

  3. fantastic! now that I see the beginning I can get my feel for the fabric I need - I had to see it first :) thank you for sharing this with all of us - your generosity is astounding
    Karen in AR

  4. Thank You!! Thank You Thank You!! It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  5. A stunning quilt! Thank you for all your hard work in preparing this pattern and sharing it also!

  6. I'm ready LOL Esther it is so romantic, love the colours and love all the small flowers scattered freely around the flower arrangements, what fun to make those pieces all up over the next few months. 10 mins till Friday LOL. Thank you Esther for a stunning heirloom to be. Cheers Glenda

  7. I'm ready LOL Esther it is so romantic, love the colours and love all the small flowers scattered freely around the flower arrangements, what fun to make those pieces all up over the next few months. 10 mins till Friday LOL. Thank you Esther for a stunning heirloom to be. Cheers Glenda

  8. How beautiful! I want to play...

  9. Esther it's beautiful! Congrats!

  10. Esther, I'm so excited to join your group and make this wonderful quilt. Thank you for making it possible.

  11. Its so beautiful !! Thanks Esther.

  12. It's so beautiful! I love it!! Still thinking about the fabrics to choose though. I love purples, and old Dutch chintz...

  13. Thank you so much Esther, it is very lovely and I just know I have to look at it for a long time to figure out what colours to use....
    These will be sweet dreams :O)
    Needless to say I am all excited.
    I sure hope the Original gets found.

  14. Great start Esther - a beautiful centre! So exciting for everyone!

  15. I am loving this pattern. But you do know that I'll mess with it, right? I'm already planning for lime and fuschia batiks. With back basting, needle turn applique. And as much as I hate piecing, why did my mind decide on paper piecing for your first release?

    Love, your problem child

  16. It looks so good, nice, don't know what to say. Stunning!!
    But now it's time for me to get the fabric sorted out. I"m pretty sure that the color blue is going to have a big part in it.

    Ede, The Netherlands

  17. Beautiful! ! !
    But mij bedquilt is not ready jet so I save is for later.

    Have a nice weekend Hennie.

  18. Ready! I am so excited. Excellent directions. I am not new to quilting but I think the directions are written in a way that would help beginners. Unsure of my color choices at this point. I am making the entire quilt from my reproduction stash. I am excited to start pulling fabric tomorrow. Thank you again

  19. Esther thank you so much for designing this and sharing with us, this is sooo delicious, I knew my reproduction stash would be used one day, pulling fabrics as we write.

  20. Esther this is a beautiful quilt. I do not know if I can do it justice but I am sure going to try...thank you

  21. Esther,
    I have just joined your Yahoo group for this BOM..pending!
    Will I still be able to get the 1st posting?

  22. Thankyou for the oportunity to do this great quilt. It is stunning.

  23. Hola!!me gustaria participar en es bom pero hay un problema no nada de ingles y no se que hay que hacer...mi
    Un saludo

  24. What a stunning quilt the original colours must have been beautiful I love the pattern love everything about it. Your such a talented lady


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