Saturday, July 16, 2016


In the 19th century, the Seminole Indians began using long strips of fabric out of necessity to make their clothing.  I'm no expert on the Seminole Indians, and there are many images on Pinterest and Google Images of the patchwork clothing they made.  An internet search will bring up lots of inspiration if you are interested.
I was first made aware of this type of patchwork in the early 1980s when Cheryl Greider Bradkin published this book.
 At the time, I didn't even have a rotary cutter, but I tried several of the techniques with my basic tools.  After this it seemed that new ideas were exploding in the strip piecing arena.  

Oh my, this is scarry!!  This is me in 1982 at some quilting event.  At the time, you didn't dare show up at a quilt show or symposium without a quilted, stripped-pieced vest.  This particular one I did some Seminole patchwork on the back!
 Cheryl issued another book, "Basic Seminole Patchwork" in 1996. 
And, we all know how in the 2000s we have learned all kinds of speed piecing techniques; many are just like the examples from the Seminoles in the 1800s.

And, now I'm exploring a few of those old Seminole piecing methods again.  I'm working on another table runner.  It contains several 6" blocks with some Seminole ideas incorporated.
I was working at night, and the light for photos was bad.  But check out my 1980s rotary cutter.  It is the only one I have ever had, and I use it constantly.

More later on my table runner.

I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social Wednesday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday


Jayne said...

That rotary cutter!!! The seminole piecing really caught my eye, so interesting. Can't wait to see more of this table runner!

Bonnie said...

Hum, I had a vest or three in those days. I even had (and still have) a skirt with a piece of piecing around the bottom. I find that techniques go through a cycle. Very early in my quilting career I made a jacket with diamond shaped log cabin pieces. Just this past Thursday someone in a bee group was making a diamond log cabin quilt. What goes around, comes around. Enjoy your Seminole work.

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

OMG, I remember Seminole piecing and quilted vests. I actually made a Seminole pieced vest - in Southwest colors - back in the day. Cutting into that carefully pieced fabric was hard to do!

Rachel said...

The peek of the braid looks really nice. Like the pop of red!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I bet you would have to be bribed to wear that patchwork quilt vest again. *grins* It was all the rage a way back ... now watch that item come back into fashion.

ES said...

Ha! Interesting to see the photo of you in your vest! And it makes me chuckle to think of piecing methods from hundreds of years ago feeling modern to us :)