Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sarah's Revival

I really like to see vintage quilts redesigned and interpreted for today.  Sue Garman recently did this with a quilt made by Sarah Holcomb in 1847.  Sarah Holcomb's quilt was made as a remembrance of her friends and she wrote about this in the center circle of the top border.  Each of her friends wrote sentiments on various blocks.  For more information and to see more detail on the original quilt, click HERE.  Sarah Holcomb made her quilt with pinks and greens, and it is very pretty.  I can't imagine coming up with this design on my own.  Sarah was obviously a very talented quilter.
Sarah Holcomb's quilt made in 1847
Sarah's Revival by Sue Garman 2011

Sue Garman designed Sarah's quilt in reds with a touch of green and gold.  I just love Sue's version of the original design and couldn't resist making one of my own.  Last night I finished my first block.
Sarah's Revival by Sue Garman
Block 1
These blocks are so enjoyable to stitch mainly because all of the prep work is done ahead of time so there is no stopping to change thread color, add another piece, etc.  I'm hoping to get more than one of these finished each month as I also work on 2 other applique quilts, Ladies of the Sea and Roseville Album.

Thanks for sharing a little bit of your day with me today.  I hope you are all having a good week : )


  1. You know, I really like the look of the original center better. Good for you for finishing your first block. I think I'd back-baste it too.

  2. Pat in WisconsinMarch 7, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Thanks for sharing the information on this quilt. While I love Sue's color choices, I like the original a lot, too. Now, maybe I'll have to make two of these!

  3. I'm working on this quilt, too! As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it. I'm moving this year and will have 1-2 months without a machine so it can be my major hand project. I have 6 blocks done so far.

  4. I saw JoAnne working on hers and even though I am very new to appliqué, I had to order it. I just got months one and two in the mail...

    1. I think you will really enjoy working on these blocks, Kim. They are not difficult and actually stitch-up pretty fast. I am sooo anxious to get back to mine once I get my neck brace off for good.