I made this Antique Fans quilt many years ago. It was one of the most enjoyable quilts to make.
I spotted the original version of this quilt on eBay, when eBay first started over 10 years ago. Of course I didn't win the bid, but instead I made one myself with my own pattern and embroidery which I designed. When my family lived overseas I used to prepare the blocks and take them along on car trips, boat trips and wherever we went I would take these tiny blocks to work on. It took me more than a year to complete all the blocks and I actually still missed working on this quilt after I finished it.
Here are some close up shots of the blocks and embroidery. I named the embroidery "chicken feet" stitch. It is an extension of feather stitch using two extra stitches. I used mainly silk fabric for the fans. I threw in some velvet and satin fabrics just to add some texture. The block background fabric I found in the Souq of Abu Dhabi, UAE where we lived for 7 years. In Abu Dhabi I could find any fabric in the Souq included this one.
This is the pattern I drafted. It's a very easy pattern to work with. The size of the block is 4 x 4" so the fan blades are very small. I have a copy saved on pdf. If you would like a copy of the pattern please leave me a comment with your email address and I will send you a copy. Enjoy the Blooger's Quilt Festival and don't forget to check out all the entries. Make sure you visit as many blogs as you can . That is what I will be doing over the weekend....!