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Monday, December 14, 2009

Featured Quilt of the Week

"Mama's Dresses" is the first baby quilt I made using fabrics that weren't either 30s reproductions, a kiddie print, or pastel colors. And it just might be my favorite one so far.

I tend to like straight, crisp lines and bold, rich colors. For this quilt I used fabrics that were Civil War reproduction prints. As I was piecing the quilt, the thought crossed my mind that a young, expectant mother in the last part of the 1800s could having been making it from the cast-off dresses and shirts of family members.

At the time I was making this quilt, I had just finished re-reading "Gone With the Wind", and during the hours of cutting and piecing, my thoughts grew fanciful speculating about the life of my imaginary mother-to-be and wondering what her days might have been like as she lovingly constructed a quilt much like this one for her baby.

The pattern is a basic 9-Patch. (Can you see the 9-Patches?)

I quilted it heavily with cross-hatching which makes the back (although plain and simple) very attractive.

I don't think it's strange that I wove such a story in my mind during the happy hours making this baby quilt. As quilters we are bound to women who have long used their talents to provide warmth and nurturing for their families through the creation of quilts. Often quilting was the sole artistic outlet and social diversion for the strong, hard-working women who came before us. These women did all the work with their hands, using a scissors, needle and thread. We may have the advantage of a rotary cutter and sewing machine, but the art of quilting is the common thread that binds us.


Jenyfer Matthews said...

I LOVE this quilt - the lovely colors and the contrast with the white. Gorgeous! Now I have to figure out how to make one myself...

And no, it's not strange that you made up a story to go along with it. Doesn't everyone do that? ;)

why not sew? said...

I love your quilt and I can so appreciate the story you wove in your mind while creating this quilt! I just found your blog and look forward to seeing more!

a little bit biased said...

That is a very beautiful and striking quilt. Great job!

beth said...

Love this quilt and the story! You sure did a nice job on that quilting!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Hey, Jen - Thanks! Quilting time is thinking time for me so I guess it's natural that I made up the "background" story of this quilt. You're the one (being a writer!) that I would think would/could make up a really good story to go along with a quilt!

Hi, why not sew - Thanks so much for commenting and welcome! I really appreciate your nice words about the quilt.

Hi, a little bit biased - Welcome to you, too! I'm so glad this baby quilt appeals to others even though it's not traditional baby fabric and colors. I really appreciate your commenting.

Beth - Thanks so much, m'dear! I truly enjoyed putting this quilt together . . . and the straight line quilting was easy . . . just time consuming!

amandajean said...

this quilt is just wonderful! i love the little pops of white with the darker colors. so very nice!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Hi, amandajean - I've always been fond of a lot of contrast in quilts so I think that's why I like this one so much myself. (And am kinda relieved to hear that a few other people find it attractive, too!)