Embroidery Heart Applique Circle Medallion Design

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Embroidery Heart Medallion Design

Embroidery Heart Applique Design

Today’s embroidery heart applique freebie comes from a 1917 Embroidery Pattern Book. It was originally done in leather and stitched with coarse thread. The design is from shoes of the fifth to seventh centuries now preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This embroidery heart applique could be used on shoes again, especially if they were made of felt. For a modern take on the design, the applique could decorate a pillow, quilt, bag or ornament.

 

 

Applique

Applique is an ornamental needlework that takes designs cut from fabric that are then sewn onto a larger piece of fabric to form a picture. Today’s applique can be used in many applications such as machine embroidery, felt projects and quilting.

Fusible web

 

The use of paper backed fusible web has made applique easy for just about everyone. In Pat Sloan’s book Teach Me to Applique she shows you easy ways to create soft and simple applique projects using fusible techniques.

 

 

My first thought when I hear the word applique is quilting. Vintage quilts use many wonderful applique designs. Just to name a few: Rose of Sharon, Flower Basket, Butterfly, Sunbonnet Sue and all the Baltimore Album quilts.

PDF Pattern File to Download

Back to this pretty embroidery heart applique design. In the PDF file below is the pattern and a paragraph detailing the history of it.

Embroidery Heart Applique Design

The pattern is in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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Nancy Cabot’s Poinsettia Applique Quilt Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

I hope those in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Applique Quilt Block

 

With today’s freebie we are going to jump right into Christmas with a Poinsettia Applique pattern from quilt designer Nancy Cabot that was first issued in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper in 1933.

 

 

 

 

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Quilt Pattern Chicago Tribune 1933

 

I found the actual clipping from the newspaper archives online.

It’s not very readable, but gives you an idea of what this quilt block pattern looked like in it’s original form.

You can find a bit of history about Nancy Cabot Newspaper Quilt Patterns in this article on the Illinois Quilt History site.

Another great site about these Nancy Cabot (her real name was Loretta Leitner Rising) patterns is on Early Women Masters dot Net which has an index of her quilt designs.

I’ve recreated the full size pattern with instructions. This is an ambitious project to finish for an experienced quilter.

With the many pieces to cut out to make the applique block, using fusible web would probably be the best way to do it.

This Thermoweb 17-Inch by 5-Yard Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive is a best seller on Amazon, but there are many others to choose from.

 

 

 

You’ll find several different poinsettia quilt block patterns by Nancy Cabot in this book — Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Applique.  Also in it is a very similar poinsettia applique block by Grandmother Clark.

Here is the page of pattern pieces. Remember there is no sewing allowance included so the quarter-inch seam allowance will need to be added when cutting them out.

 

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Applique Quilt Pattern

The one page pattern is in PDF file format below:

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Applique Quilt Block PDF

To read the PDF file you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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Using Vintage Hankies for a Butterfly Quilt

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Welcome to our VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Today a VTNS member has offered a butterfly quilt pattern to share. She will be listing several gorgeous vintage handkerchiefs so be on the look out for them as they’re profiled on our Facebook Fan Page. If you don’t want to wait until the items are profiled, find all the VTNS listings here.  This post will explain a great way to use vintage hankies.

Vintage Crafts and More - Butterfly Quilt Photo

The Butterfly quilt is widely known and has been around a long time. The Kansas City Star published their version of it in 1936. Since then there have been many variations of it, all beautiful.

Here’s a tutorial for making a Vintage Hankie Butterfly Block. By folding the hankies in a different way, the butterfly either looks like it has just landed on a flower or is in flight. The colors and designs of the vintage hankies gives each butterfly their own personality.

Do a search on “Origami Butterfly” and you’ll find tons of tutorials and step-by-steps on how to fold your hanky. Some are complicated but a few are easy to follow.

This eHow website also has pretty straight forward instructions on How to Make Butterflies From Hankies for a Quilt.

However you decide to fold your hankie, once it’s been folded and ironed, use a hand applique stitch to sew it to the background you’ve chosen. Blind stitch the folds so they won’t come undone.

We’ve been talking a lot about making your hankie butterfly blocks into a quilt, but there’s no reason you couldn’t make your applique block into a pillow to use in decorating a pretty shabby chic bedroom or couch.

Also if you don’t want to fold your hankies, just use the full handkerchief to make the blocks for your quilt. At The Quilt Index there are several examples of vintage hankie quilts that have been cataloged for museums and universities. To enlarge the photos on this site, click on the picture and then click on it again to go back to the index and be sure to go to the 2nd page at the top where you’ll find a Friendship Hankie Quilt from 1885.

There are so many ways you can make your quilt unique. Embroidery is another great addition to a butterfly quilt. This illustration shows you several different ways you can embroider a butterfly once it’s been appliqued onto a quilt.

Vintage Crafts and More - Butterfly Quilt Embroidery Patterns

At the beginning of this year we did a post on a butterfly quilting design you can print out. It would be a great addition. You can find it here, A Butterfly, A New Beginning, A New Year.

Each of these embroidery designs uses the body from this butterfly quilt pattern.

Vintage Crafts and More - Butterfly Quilt Pattern

Here’s a close up of the body template:

Vintage Crafts and More - Butterfly Body Pattern

On the McCall’s Quilting website you’ll find a great free pattern you can download taken from a vintage 1940’s Butterfly Quilt. An ad pops up when you first go there, but just click the “x” to close and it’s gone. The pattern is four pages and worth checking out.

In the comments for this quilt pattern, one person said they made it for a raffle and it pulled in more than $500. These quilts are popular!

Again, if you’re thinking of making one of these great quilts, be sure to check out the vintage hankies VTNS members have listed right now. You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy!