At least once a year
I try to dig into my collection
of Dutch Heritage fabrics designed by
Petra Prins of the Netherlands.
I love the colors and the traditional floral designs
inspired by antique Dutch prints.
Anneke Van Leuvan
My 5th Great Grandmother
This quilt really began with the center background fabric.
I was gifted a fat quarter of this historical 18th century reproduction,
Trails and Leaves,
from the fabric collection at Colonial Williamsburg.
It was just calling to be used for as a
background for some applique
I found the perfect design in the book,
Quilts from the Colonies,
by Australian Quilt designer, Margaret Mew.
From there it was pure fun.
Using my Dutch fabrics and some other
fabrics that wanted to play along,
I made lots of hst's and appliqued
melon shaped leaves.
The machine quilting was kept simple
as to not distract from the fabric's patterns.
I even had a large piece that I could use for the backing.
When it came time for the binding,
it took a bit of hunting to find the right piece.
I finally chose one of my favorite fabrics.
It was part of a group of reproduction fabrics
from Smithsonian's quilt collection printed in the
It's almost gone. 😢
Recently, I had been playing around on
Ancestry and rediscovered a family
line that was located in Saugerties, New York
along the Hudson River, which was an area
colonized by the Dutch.
I wanted to honor my family
that originally found their way
from Oosterhout, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
to the America's sometime between the 1630's and 1650's.
A photo shoot.
The weather was warm so
I headed to the perennial gardens
at Colorado State University.
Most plants are still hibernating from
the winter weather,
but the ornamental grasses add
texture to the dormant garden.
My quilt added some color to these barren branches
that will eventually change to green once spring arrives.
In September, 1981 Andy Warhol came to the CSU campus
and was commissioned for one of his iconic soup can sculptures.
My quilt and Andy's Soup Can
are visually very different.
But maybe we both
have found a sense of fulfillment in being creative.
Until Next Time-
What a beautiful quilt. I love it.ReplyDelete
I LOVE it! I have Dutch heritage too! Love your photo shoot day!ReplyDelete
Kyle que bonito edredón, me encanta cuando cuentas tu historia familiar ¡¡felicidades!!ReplyDelete
Wonderful! You are so lucky to have all those Dutch prints. And you brought them together in such a lovely way. I have ancestors that came to America in the 1600's and I just can't imagine what it must have been like for them to travel so long at sea and then arrive in a place where everything is new, even the climate. It just makes me shake my head in amazement. What a great way to honor your heritage.ReplyDelete
This is another beautiful quilt, Kyle. Thank you for sharing your ancestory. What a lovely way to honor your family heritage and your 5th Great Grandmother.ReplyDelete
You honoured your 5th great grandmother very well and your quilt is lovely! I wonder what else you will create when you dip your hands into those Dutch fabrics!ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt Kyle, and the outdoor photo shoot was a perfect setting!ReplyDelete
Lucky you to have Dutch chintz. The quilt has a wonderful European look. My ancestors came to New York in the 1600s as well. That’s good enough reason for me to purchase Dutch fabric. The binding on your grandmother’s quilt is very well done!ReplyDelete
Another beauty, Kyle! You have a knack for making "Dutch-style" quilts! Such a lovely background in your appliqued center block. I had some of that Smithsonian fabric you used for the binding but in a different colorway. Fun to see the "creative contrasts" in your photos. I love that you are honoring your 5th gr-grandmother, Anneke Van Leuvan. My Dutch ancestors also lived in Ulster County, NY--not Saugerties but Wawarsing, Rochester and Marbletown :)ReplyDelete
As always a masterpiece Gayle. And such a beautiful memory quilt, not only by te Dutch fabric but also by your Dutch heritage. I am sure Anneke would be so proud if she could see it!ReplyDelete
Absolutely delightful--the creation and the post. You have the magic touch with your Dutch prints. This is a beauty.ReplyDelete
And you also have such clever photo shoots. Those last two shots really made me smile. :)
That is a lovely result. Lovely fabric selection and a special way to honour family.ReplyDelete
Oh how beautiful! I adore those wonderful Dutch fabrics and you do such wonderful things with them. As for Andy, he should be proud to have your quilt beside his soup! He was pretty popular in Maine during the time that Jamie Wyeth and he were doing each other's portraits. The Wyeth's are Maine's only royalty - LOL. Thanks for posting such a gorgeous quilt!ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful quilt and I love that it celebrates your Dutch ancestry. It was very interesting to read about your ancestors as my ancestors on my dad's side also came from Holland on the ship called De Trouw in 1659 and settled in the Hudson River area. Most of my relatives lived in various locations in New York State their entire lives. Who knows, Kyle, perhaps our ancestors even knew each other back then :)ReplyDelete
Wow, you've really used those lovely Dutch fabrics so beautifully. And what a neat connection with your family history. It's always fun to see your "photo shoots" too!ReplyDelete
I thought for sure that I had commented on this post. Such an incredibly lovely quilt! I really, really like how you've blended these prints together and the colors are fantastic!:)ReplyDelete