Friday, March 11, 2011

Calico Quilt with a Petticoat

I've had Maryjo Koch's beautiful book, Bird Egg Feather Nest (1998), on my book stand for a couple of weeks now. Her illustrations are so wonderful and evocative of the season.

Full of quotes and information next to detailed drawings, it's the perfect thing to get a little inspiration at the start of the day.

I have also been in line of sight of an antique quilt I adopted a short time ago and have had over the back of a sitting room chair since bringing it into the house.

It's a true relic. The back fabric has become brittle and will come apart with the gentlest care in washing. In the old days someone would have made a new backing and placed it right over the original. But it was obviously stored with love and care to this point and deserves a showing.

Because of it's condition, the only way I can ever use it is for display. But for the price of a bunch of market flowers I can appreciate it's charms for as long as I care to.

The constant fight between my mutual urges for white and bright versus deep and muted colors (earthy hues) is on display here too. I have a true emotional response to each. I have a lacy underskirt peeking through as if to say "your slip is showing!" And, well, I guess it is.

I hope you have a great weekend ahead!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!


I'm joining Marty's Cloche Party!
Be sure to stop by


Martina said...

Hi Jacqueline, you take such beautiful pictures. Love your tablescape and I know I would so enjoy that book. Have a wonderful weekend, Martina

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love the quilt with the white tablecloth underneath....very pretty!

Pamela said...

I just love the way you put that white tablecloth underneath the quilt!! I love these earth tones against your whites!!
Great idea using this quilt as a tablecloth!

Sylvia said...

This is so serene and warm ! I love the colors of the quilt and how the enchanting white tablecloth enhances them ! Maryjo Koch 's book is truly inspiring .
Enjoy your weekend !

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline everything look so peaceful and warm ~ just lovely ;-)

Pamela Gordon said...

Lovely textures. That quilt is gorgeous! It's nice that it has a good home.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So so pretty! Love the quilt and the petticoat. I have not heard of that book, but it looks nice.

Picket said...

Just looking at your beautiful pics just makes me sigh...I love the quilt with the 'petticoat' your blog! Picket

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

I certainly understand about using the quilt for "display only"....I would have to do the same thing.
Such a charming display, with the white lace below it.
Sweet looking book too.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

I meant to say..that I have a number of lovely white Victorian petticoats....what a nice idea for using them. When I had my portrait studio, I used them for the " Vintage Portraits" that I created.
I know I would have to take them apart, but they are just hanging here in my closet otherwise.


Atelier de Charo said...

A fabulous quilt!!!



I think you solved your dilemma perfectly. LOVE the whites with the browns. YUMMY perfection!


Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful display. I love the quilt with the peitticoat showing. I am with you. I love white and earthtones. You do the combination brilliantly!!! ~~Sherry~~

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, it's lovely, and it warms my heart that you appreciate it even if some is crumbling from age. We have to rescue these hand stitched treasures and care for them. I love the way you gave it a little slip. Too cute! ~ Sarah

LadyV said...

So calming and wonderful...Perfect!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Wow! what a smart idea laying the tablecloth under the quilt.

TY for sharing.

Happy w/end.

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I so totally love this tablescape. The lace and the quilt and all of your beautiful white ironstone. Such a beautiful cloche display also. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I guess I have been busy... I missed this post! Glad I found it! I am loving that book and added it to the top of my wanna have list:-)) Great petticoat:-)) Love the skirt too:-)

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