Not all quilts have a story but when they do it makes the
quilt just a little more special. Big or small stories add something. I have
one such quilt and I would like to share the story of my quilt
which I call Stars in the Loft
Stars in the Loft, 2002
In 1999 I was snooping in a hayloft in an old barn turned
antique shop on Manitoulin Island. I found an old quilting book and bought it
for fifty cents. The book was published by Dover and on the inside cover Dover's publications were listed along with their prices. This book was $4.95. The best I can tell it was published in the late 1950s or the early 1960s (but I could be wrong).
Browsing through the pages I came across a black and white
picture of a hexagon quilt. Other than saying it was a “mosaic quilt" there
were no further details about the quilt and there was no information about its
history or the maker. For years I searched everywhere trying to find out about this quilt but was unsuccessful.
The opening paragraph reads “This illustrated quilt is known
also as the Honeycomb Quilt for its resemblance to waxen cells made for storage
by the honey bees. The pattern is an all-over design of entirely pieced
There were instructions for making a honeycomb quilt and a
pattern for but clearly the template was not intended to make this “mosaic”. At its widest point the templace measures 2 1/2"! No pattern? Not a problem because I draft patterns all the time. I
pulled out my paper, pencils, erasers and pencil crayons and was
off to the races!
My Dad was an artist and enjoyed seeing my creations as much
as I enjoyed seeing his. We were very much alike in so many ways; we were both uncomfortable
with praise or compliments. For us it was the doing and making that was
important and that gave us the greatest pleasure. In the Spring of 2002 the
quilt top was nearing completion and my Dad fell ill. He hadn’t seen the quilt
because I was so proud of it and I wanted it to be a surprise. Dad was in the
ICU and it was clear he would not be coming home but I wanted to be able to
share the quilt with him. I worked away feverishly and was able to complete the
quilt top. Stars in the Loft
the last quilt I would be able to share with Dad. When he saw it he nodded and
smiled. Not many days after he died. I went on to finish my quilt and
eventually displayed it at my Guild’s Quilt Show where it won a ribbon for
something or other. I treasure this quilt; it is loaded with memories of my Dad
and Manitoulin Island.
There’s a little bit more to this story and I’ll share that
with you tomorrow along with some close-up pictures of the quilt. In making the
quilt I learned several lessons that I’ve since applied to other quilts and I'll tell you about that as well.
Look what was blooming in the garden this morning! I don't kow what it is but it is pretty darned cute.
White violets in Mom's garden
Close-up of white violets
Shooting stars in Mom's garden (she has pink and white)
Pink shooting stars embroidered by Mom
Until I post again, happy sewing!
This quilt is so gorgeous. Fantastic work.ReplyDelete
Thank you Grit! I think it one is one of my favourites!Delete
love the quilt, the story behind it and the plants!ReplyDelete
Wow! that is one of the prettiest EPP hexagon quilts I've seen ! Amazing what you did with just a black and white pattern - the colours and fussy cutting are beautiful. I'm looking forward to the close-ups - and to see what/how you made the white half-hexagon line in the outer border?! So exciting to see as I adore hexagons and EPP.ReplyDelete
Thanks! It is one of my favourites. I too am hooked on EEP. I learned the basics from my maternal Grandma! Sometimes it is good to work with a black and white picture because it forces you to think about colour and put your own spin on it!Delete
as soon as I saw this quilt I knew it had to be you Karen. I love this quilt! and your work I just got a book on pieced hexies and it reminded me of you.ReplyDelete
As humble as you are I'm sorry you do amazing work. Thanks for starting a blog and sharing your talents I think the world needs to know.
Thanks Deb! Sharing with others is the best part of quilting and fibre arts. It is good for the person who does the sharing and those who benefit from the sharing. Keep well!Delete
This quilt is just stunning! You are so talented and very humble with it. The overall visual is fabulous - you've done a great job with the colours! It's been a long time since I did anything with hexagons, but seeing this has ignited a spark in me. Thank you so much for sharing xReplyDelete
Thanks! Stay tuned because over the next few days I'll show some close-ups and I'll explain how I made the blocks. I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is to make them!Delete