The fabrics for applique are a great mix of subtle cotton percale solids combined with small scale floral prints, and as you can see by the picture of the finished quilt on the front of the package.
Progress #1553 Majestic is a rare take on the commoner “Tree of Life” kit, also made by Progress (#1492) - both are based on the Palampores or block printed bedspread sized panels exported by the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company from the Coromandel Coast of India. These “indiennes” prints as they were called caught the fancy of late 17th century Europe due to both their novelty and the fact that they were extremely high quality cotton woven goods such as had never been seen in Europe or even imagined – they are seen today still as made in both The Netherlands by den Haan and Wagenmakers, and in Provence by Souileado and Les Olivades and many smaller firms.
I was researching the central chintz panels that are currently available yesterday, as I have a large box of “indiennes” samples from den Haan which is calling out for me to make a medallion quilt from it. Den Haan and Wagenmakers http://www.dutchquilts.net/EN_index_.html features a chintz panel, and Margo Kreuger of Reproduction Fabrics http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/ has recently launched a line of three different panels – exciting!!
Progress #1553 Majestic is a double sized vintage quilt kit for applique and measures 79×97 when finished – everything needed is in the unopened package!