Collections Love Quilt Kit by Howard Marcus This quilt kit includes all the Collections Love fabric you need and easy color illustrated pattern to make the quilt top just as shown in photo. OVER 600 PIECES ARE ALREADY PRE-CUT FOR YOU! It also includes the binding. Fabric is all new 100% premium quality Moda cotton. Finished quilt measures approx. 61″ x 69″. Read about fascinating true story of the history of this quilt below. SUPPORTING THE CAUSE: ST. JUDE’S CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hosital is to advance cures, and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. This beautiful quilt from the Howard Marcus Collection is from Virginia. It is believed to have been made by Anner Patrick Bousseau. The fabrics featured in the quilt are from 1825 to 1840. The quilt was passed down through her descendents. There are over 1700 – 3” clamshell segments, plus partial clamshells in the quilt. The dress and home décor fabrics used, all prints range from dark browns to medium browns, gold, double pink, indigo, Prussian blue. All were set with tan solid clamshells. The border is a golden brown toile or possibly chintz faded to beige that has regular ovals featuring the head and should of a courting couple (see photo). She holds a rose and he, in uniform, offers a ring. ABOUT THE BORDER ORIGINAL BORDER FABRIC The image in the original border fabric, a faded golden brown toile or possibly chintz, featured the image of Princess Charlotte of Wales and her fiancé, Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. This couple was the Prince William and Kate of early 19th century England. The fabric, suggesting their engagement, was printed in late 1815 or early 1816. The Winterthur Museum has a matching piece printed in indigo. The couple’s marriage on May 2, 1816 was a time of great celebration in London. Princess Charlotte soon became pregnant. Betting shops quickly set up book on what sex the baby would be. In November 1817 after a long and difficult labor the Princess gave birth to a stillborn son. In the hours following the delivery, 21 year old Princess Charlotte became ill and died. All of Great Britain and the United Kingdom went into deep mourning. Linen drapers ran out of black cloth and businesses selling bright fabrics and colored ribbons petitioned Parliament to have the mourning period shortened, lest they go into bankruptcy. We have reproduced a smaller quilt, as the original quilt is 96” x 115”, carefully matching the colors and prints in the antique quilt. We also chose to replace the outer border with a golden brown floral print. A machine piecing method was developed to construct this quilt. The original clamshells were made using the English paper piecing method.