Thursday, July 10, 2008

What was her inspiration?

While shopping at a quilt shop in Lancaster County, I came across this book and feel in love with many of the quilts. But one quilt in particular has me opening and reopening the book
for another look.



I remember seeing the quilt for the first time and wondering,
"What made her put those colors together?"


The more I've looked at the quilt the more it has grown on me, to the point that I have begun setting aside bits and pieces of similar colors.
Not to copy, but to reproduce in my time, with my hands.


But the one question that still haunts me is the first one I had," What made her put those colors together?" And then I started to think about the quilt maker and what her life would have been like in the mid to late 1800's when the quilt was made. What was her inspiration....? It didn't come from a quilting magazine, a color photograph, or a fabric line where all the fabrics coordinated. More simply, she would have been inspired by the world around her. Most likely her garden. And so I went to my garden to see if I could find her quilt in my garden.

Rows of holly hocks against a wall...

A flash of yellow and red...

A bright pink and spalsh of yellow...

or maybe her little girl

stood near the flowers one day and she was able to capture the moment in a quilt.

5 comments:

Nadine said...

OMG, you always write such wonderful posts, dear ! I'm totally under the magic of the book, the colors, your garden, AND that so special little princess...
THANKS for the inspiration you always keep giving to me. I'm feeling so lucky and grateful :>)

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Judy said...

Oh that quilt..and your lovely daughter... are Oh so beautiful! I have fallen in love with that block lately and have saved several pictures of antique quilts using very block.

This is a wonderful use of some of what I consider some of the best colors and stitching I have seen lately. The quilting pattern in the pink block is just fantastic!

Thanks for the wonderful addition and some more inspiration to help me finally make my own version one day too!

Nadine said...

LOVE that music !(love Coldplay)
I'm sure Sarah is dancing on it :)

Gotta change mine soon, as well...

XOXOXOXOO

Catherine said...

Oh, that quilt is amazing. It's simple but it's very simplicity is haunting. The colours are fabulous -- as is the picture of your daughter in front of those flowers!

Alice Grace said...

That is such a fabulous post! The colors are stunning! I would never have thought to put those together, but the way you describe it and connect it, it works!