Saturday, January 30, 2010
Recently, I checked out an exhibit of Amish quilts at the de Young. The quilts on display were mostly made between 1880 and 1930 and the colors were so vibrant and intense - purple, turquoise, bright blue. Above is one of my favorites.
While I don't think I'm ready to take on quilting, I would like to try my hand at piecework since it seems like the fun part. Maybe a pillow...
Above is a scan from a book about Amish quilts. The photo shows a woman's notebook, which contains several scraps of fabric that were kept as mementos. Apparently, it was common for a bride to distribute swatches to all of the female wedding guests. Something about this practice intrigues me, using pieces of fabric to hold memories instead of photographs. And then to put all of these pieces into a quilt, so that the quilt ends up holding so many different memories. I don't think I'm able to fully articulate all of the ideas this sends swirling about my head. Heck, I can't even imagine having the patience, discipline, skill and talent to create a quilt!
This week I am in Western Tennessee visiting my folks - Quilt Country. I was hoping to see one of my Granny's quilts, but it seems that they have all been lost or destroyed over the years. Such a pity.