Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas--here are some wee Christmas cards and some Christmas conversationals from Primitive Gatherings.  I'll be back after Christmas to post more of the 19th Century swatches, of course.

Seasonal Gatherings

Snowman Gatherings

Snowman Gatherings II

Saturday, December 12, 2015

More Conversationals from 19th Century swatches (arrows to berries and 'cheater')

I've been away for a couple of weeks and have been mostly posting pics from my quilt top.  I thought I'd post a few more from the swatches--I think these are new to you (frankly, there may be duplicates previously posted since I'm not always good about moving the pictures to 'posted to blog' folders!)
"Cheater" from 1870

 detail 1870

 detail 1870

 detail 1870

 detail 1870

 1881 weapons stripe

 anchor with dot ground 1906

1883 John L Kennedy

 1884 Black & Co.

1883 Edmund Potter & Co, Manchester, UK


 1885 American Print Works, Fall River, MA

 McNaughton & Thorn, late 19th Cent.


 detail 1887

1883 Bayley & Craven, Manhester, UK



 1885 Allan
 1883 Black & Co

1885 Cocheco, Dover, NH

 1888 Europe

 Schwabe & Son, late 19th Century


1887 Europe
Rather a mish-mash, but as I don't have any Christmas ones, I thought just a few new ones would do!  Enjoy

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Last of the pictures of conversationals on my 19th Century quilt plus Happy Thanksgiving!

only picture of fabric with turkeys from the Design Center conversationals (University of Pennsylvania):
 I couldn't resist!
Now on to the my 19th Century quilt top:
 double arrows, black


black nails/tacks with red leaves

 letter spike?

 blue and black arrows

American Print Works 1885, globe, moon and red stars

gold clubs and ball

 red grid

 black grid

horseshoe and polo mallet

horseshoe and nails in ground

 crescent moon with fly




 stick pin in circle

 nails or stick pins

 stick pins

 horseshoes and dot ground

lock hanging from l shape

 red screws

 anchors on blue

 pins and stitches

 circles with thorns
Hope you enjoyed seeing these conversationals.  I suspect most are from US manufacturers in the 1880s and 1890s (I know a few are from American Print Works of MA in 1885).  I really love the quilt top!  Goes very nicely with my 19th century sailors 'blouse' and fabric swatches and, be still my heart, fabric--1/2 yard of fabric from my dear friend Wendy:
Best sports conversational ever! Golf club, cricket bat, polo mallet, tennis or badmitton racket and another golf club or maybe hockey, or lacrosse or .....?