Inaugural Ball

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In honor of the Inaugural Balls taking place tonight I thought I'd post my Ball Gown feed sack. And also my ball gown quilt I made several years ago.

When I first saw this feed sack fabric I thought "Nancy Reagan" but after a while I realized it was probably the Queen of England? I think the fabric has to be older than when Nancy Reagan was first lady. Does anyone know when this feed sack was made and what it was made to commemorate? Glenna do you know? Or is it simply a lady in a ball gown and crown? It can't be Miss America can it?
Whatever it is I really like it. I especially like the blue stripes going into the white in a scalloped edge. And the blue stripe itself is very nice. I am sure when the time comes I will use every inch of this feed sack. It is unusual and fun. Don't you just love it? Edit - The concensus of those who "know" including Glenna and Sandi say that this is fabric commemorating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the '50s. I think that makes it pretty special fabric! And 'Posh and Trendy' pointed out it is very Jackie Kennedyesque, as well.This was actually one of my first applique quilts and you can tell, eek don't look too closely. I guess it is okay because I've made progress. I do really love this ball gown quilt. I can't remember for sure but I think the purple fabric above is vintage.

The funnest part was picking out fabric and deciding what to use. The pattern is from a quilt by Teri Christopherson in the book she made with her sister Barbara, called "Quilting with my Sister".

This dress in the green and turquoise is definately from vintage fabric. I sure wish I had more of that fabric. Dress quilts are my favorite. Obviously.

Happy Presidential Inauguration Day.

-nanette

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Posh And Trendy Back to Basics said...

My first thought when I saw the feedsack fabric was Jackie Kennedy?
I do love your ball gown quilt.. I'm really into pictures of clothing on dress forms. I've got several pictures that I did like that in counted cross stitch that is supposed to be hung on my sewing room wall but I've changed rooms and their still stacked in the corner... I must get off my butt and hang them again.

Sandi said...

Hmmm, your post reminded me of some shadow-quilted ladies I did years ago from an old embroidery transfer that my mother gave me. Perhaps I'll have to take a photo and post it. :-) The ball gown fabric is lovely and makes me think early 1950's, perhaps inspired by the crowning of the young Queen Elizabeth? Love that ball gown quilt you made. I have little dresses I cut out several years ago that still wait to be appliqued!! Always so many fun projects to do and not enough time so I start one and a new one comes along and oh! I start another one. Really trying to focus on the finish part of things this year!!

Trisha said...

I love looking at your feedsack fabrics. They are so pretty! The little dresses quilt is so cute!

Dionne said...

Oh, I have fabric envy! I love your dress quilt as well. I hope everything goes off today without a hitch!
Cheers,
Dionne

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

How appropriate and awesome for you to share your ball gown quilt with us today. Thank you.

Glenna at Hollyhock Quilts said...

Hi Nanette--

My guess is Queen Elizabeth. Probably to honor her crowing. Whatever it is, it's wonderful!

Thanks so much for your visits to my sewing room! I had to laugh at your cat burglar comment!

Have you looked at the portable design walls by Cheryl? I bought one for the motor home. Haven't used it yet, but it seems like it will work fine.

Have a wonderful day---

Annette said...

That's really good stitching for a beginning project. It looks professional to me. Pretty quilt. And how fun to have fabric to celebrate this inauguration day.

craftydiane said...

That ball gown feed sack fabric is fantastic! I just love it! And you did great on that quilt for it being your first applique! I love your dress quilts. Maybe one day I will make one.
Have a Blessed Day,
Diane

nettie said...

i LOVE your ball gown quilt, and what great fabric you have, I really enjoy seeing them.

CuteStuffInside said...

Really like it! I also have that dress pattern and have been collecting various fabrics to make a whole bunch of different dresses.

S.W.A.K.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my gosh, I love your quilt and the fabrics you used. I can see that it could be just as addicting as the Christmas cottages. I will have to get that pattern.

Stephanie said...

Great ball gown fabric! You do have some of the most unique fabrics. Love the quilt too!

jen duncan said...

Fabulous! Both your quilt and the very special fabric.
It's a GREAT day!!!

karenfae said...

I have never noticed any fabric with ball gowns on it. Nice for something different!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Kritta22 said...

I love that they have little capped sleeves! Sooooo cute!
Love the purple.

Sherri said...

I love your quilt...and the fabrics! I love dress quilts as well and am glad to finally be making one!

jabeybaby said...

I love the ball gown quilt, so beautiful!

em's scrapbag said...

Love the feedsack and how fitting for the day.

Momoo said...

I love all the vintage fabric, the quilt is so unique. Thanks for sharing it.

Anina said...

Oh my! How wonderful!

hetty said...

Great feedsack fabric! You quilt is fantastic! I love your fabrics!

Carla said...

Fabric envy...I'm turning green. Love that feedsack. The quilt is gorgeous.

The Quilt Buddy said...

I love the feedsack fabric! I think that it is the colors that make it so special!

Your dress quilt is too cute! Too many dresses, too little time!

Caesar Beezer The Wonder Dog said...

All of that in one weekend! Whew - you do know how to produce! Congrats! I managed to clean my workroom but that's as far as I got. I LOVE your ballgown quilt - and what a perfect day to share it! I've been stuck in front of the TV all morning - I love all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the inauguration...and I can't wait to watch the galas tonight...mainly because the mister is going in for a sleep study and I'll have the remote all to myself!!! xoxo, The other Nanette

rachel griffith said...

oh yayyy!!!
SUPER cute.

thanks for sharing.
:D

Mel said...

Very nice gowns! Very exciting day!

pratima said...

The dresses are gorgeous!! Beautiful fabrics(gulp!)

oodlesandoodles said...

I've never seen that ball gown pattern - it's wonderful! What a great way to get to use a lot of fabrics. Now that somebody mentions it, I guess that does look like a young Queen Elizabeth - very cool! Barbara

Jackie said...

I really like the ball gown feedsack. But I can not believe it is a feedsack! Wow, fancy schmancy! I love the quilt too. Just slightly reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy.

Celia said...

I have never seen a quilt as beautiful as yours? Love all those gown dresses in different fabrics and colors!
Lovely!
What a treasure you have!

tara said...

I love your dress quilt!!! I may have to make one too.

Lurline said...

Just lovely, Nanette - must be interesting to look over every little piece of fabric - what happy memories this quilt must hold - when did you make it, please?
Hugs - Lurline♥

jacquie said...

i'm so behind nanette...my tree skirt is languishing on my cutting table...my blog list remains at 500...i've gotten it down to 300 once, but i can't catch up. i hope i haven't let you down. i think i may be able to get the pattern and tute done before christmas. i'm swimming upstream, but i am swimming!

Dawn said...

Love your quilt...so cute!!

Rae said...

First glance I thought some had added a Mederia Hem to a dress, Oh how beautiful and perfect,then I re-read, and noted it was feedsack. Beautiful feedsack! I love your dress quilt as well. I remember seeing this book in my LQS, I should have purchased it! Rae Ann

Sara said...

That's a beautiful quilt...I really like it...

Catherine said...

I love that fabric and your ballgown quilt is fabulous!!

Thimbleanna said...

Very Cute Nanette! You've been SO busy too. Isn't it funny how we can't just zero out our google reader? I'm in catch up mode now too -- I was at over 800 and now I'm down to 650 -- still much work ahead, but I'm chipping away and enjoying it!

amandajean said...

what a great quilt! i love the dresses.

Mimi Sue said...

You are just the cutest! Mimi

Shari said...

What a cute ballgown quilt. Can't go wrong with stuff like that. The vintage feedsack is certainly special...

maria said...

I don't want appear stupid but as a non-american what is a feed sack?
It sounds like it's something to keep animal feed in but the fabric looks too lovely for it to to be for that.

Posh And Trendy Back to Basics said...

Just wanted to let you know I made some Valentine pot holders using your cottage pattern.. I think their adorable. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

Carrie P. said...

When I first saw the fabric I thought about Cinderella but I am glad someone could give you some info on the feedsack. You just have the neatest stuff. Love your first quilt too.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Fun feedsack!
And I love, love, LOVE the dress quilt!
I know I probably say this about every quilt I see of yours, but this one is definitely my favorite...so far. :)

Kimberly

billie said...

I love the dress quilt!! How appropriate to share, too. You inspire me!

happy zombie said...

Oh Nanette... that fabric is so cool! I too thought it looked like Nancy Reagan! I love that it might be QE... and if it is... you should applique a little purse for her!

I image googled QE's 1953 coronation, and she does appear to be wearing a blue dress. It actually looks like AQUA to me!