Victorian Memory Fan Quilt

Julia Camilleri © 2006

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An inspirational piece, that it may inspire you to make one of your own.

I was inspired by this wonderful Victorian CQ kit, by that I won early last year as part of my prize in CQMagOnline Vol.4 Issue 1 for a CQ lamp shade I created and entered in the "If You Can Imagine It, CQ It" Challenge.

I thought I would work with this block adding eight more blocks using the same rich Victorian colours, silk Victorian prints, beading and hand-dyed laces.

This quilt has turned out to be a very special memory quilt.

The contents of the quilt contain a lot of the fabrics and embellishments (charms, dragonflies, ribbons, and threads) that I received as RAOK surprises from ladies of an online group that I belong to called Crazy Gathering.

During the year we also took part in group buy-ups to purchase big lots of lace motifs and share them out among the girls.

Joined blocks Threads and ribbons were bought on e-Bay. Just imagine the excitement as the bids were being placed, and we all waited in anticipation for the outcome of the auctions.

After piecing the nine blocks, I laid them out on the floor and numbered them in the order I would put them together. I did this because I want the fans to face a certain way and this process lets me know which way to place my silk prints and embellishments.

On this block, I worked a spray of spider web roses and buds with gold bead highlights and finished the spray with a gorgeous gold bow charm. Just when I was beginning to wonder what to do next on the blocks, a dear friend sent me “Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches” by Carole Samples. The two seam treatments on the cream and gold fan blades are from my new book which is going to be great for the rest of my fan quilt blocks. The ideas that will come from this book will be endless.

The two seam treatments on the cream and gold fan blades with my own little bits added are from my new book. This book is going to be great for the rest of my fan quilt blocks, the ideas that will come from this book will be endless..

On this block, I beaded a Victorian cabochon and added it to the block on top of a lovely dyed lace motif. I just had to add another wisteria vine next to the vintage basket charm. I also added other favorite flowers like the iris, and fuchsia. For something different, I stitched in a spray of lazy daisy flowers and buds, and then inside the petals I added some little delica beads for sparkle.

I didn’t follow any particular order in embellishing the blocks. I just did what I felt like doing at the time.

The last block that I worked on was #4. On this last block, I finished with Fargo Roses embroidered in the initial J.

After joining the 12-inch blocks together, I feather-stitched along the joining seams in a variegated EdMar green thread.

Initially I thought about adding a narrow black border to frame the blocks with a wider burgundy border. I changed my mind and just added a burgundy border and free-motion stipple-quilted the border for a lovely quilted finish.

It was fun working on this quilt; I just love the overall Victorian look of it.

My Victorian Memory Fan Quilt is finished.

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