This is one of my favourite quilts made from vintage and reproduction fabrics. The name of the quilt design was obviously inspired by the old irons that were heated up on the wood fired stoves. I remember my Nanna using these. Nanna Ivy Dawkins Myers, was a luddite and still used these irons up until her passing in the 1960s. Nanna always had two or three on the stove top with a piece of flannel wrapped around the handle. As one iron cooled, it was replaced with one from the stove top.
There is a lovely old folk song called Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron. It commences with “Twas on a Monday morning……….A-washing of her linen and continues on through the days of the week until Sunday when the maiden is wearing her neat, clean linen. Even though we now have efficient washing machines and irons the cycle still continues.
I hand stitched my quilt and hand quilted it with my favourite quilting design – The Baptist Fan. The fabrics are reproduction, vintage and a couple of feed sacks as well. I pieced the quilt in rows and when the rows are joined the stars appear. Star quilts are a great favourite of mine too. A Seven Sisters quilt top is next in line for quilting. I will also be quilting this the Baptist Fan. This quilting design suits the old style of quilt making very well. It is also quite quick to quilt and makes for the most pleasurable hand quilting I know.
Thank you for visiting, hope you enjoy the quilts and their stories.
Bye for now, Janette
One of my favourites too! Xx
Thank you for your comment and for visiting. Maybe you would like to make a Smoothing Iron quilt too!! Happy Quilting x Janette
Beautiful smoothing iron quilt! Like the picture of basket and trolley,could use one of those on laundry day to wheel the wash out to the clothesline. 🙂
Thank you Deb, Glad you like the laundry trolley. I especially love this too! It was a lucky find.
is this pattern available, I just love it and would love to make it
Sorry for my very overdue answer to your request. The pattern I used for the Smoothing Iron quilt is a traditional pattern. I found it in Star Quilts by Elizabeth Johnson. I have seen it published in other books and magazines. So sorry if I am not able to help further. Good Luck and Happy Stitching. Janette