Wait For Me Girls Completed
I just finished the "Wait for me" girls motif from the Manual of Fancywork, by New York publisher A.L. Burt. Only 7 more to go. The completed needlework is prepped and ready for English Paper Piecing and will start once all the designs are done.
In the upper corner is the pattern used - sized to the block shape, then transferred to the 'back side' of the fabric using a pencil and light box. I have chosen to use the 'back side' of the fabrics in most cases since it looks more worn, and has a less jarring effect (ie more muted effect) if there is a printed design on the front of the fabric. You can see what I mean in the Front and Back photos of the motif.
You can see the original 1885-1886 piece and design sources at http://quiltpapers.blogspot.com/