Monday, June 30, 2008

the journey of an idea



This little quilt 24" by 39" is one of my favorites. It was made in about 1990 and has some of my early use of shirt parts in the plaids of the trees. There was a photograph on the cover of Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts with plaid trees that started my idea--this quilt looks nothing like the magazine cover. I love how we quilters can be triggered by something and when we go back to the original, you wonder what the journey was that brought you there.


This second quilt I rescued from the Salvation Army thrift many years ago. The wonderful eggplant bodies of the Sunbonnet Sue are different from any others I've ever seen. My friend Kevin thinks the maker saw a Sunbonnet Sue quilt and didn't have a chance to draw it out until she got home, and her imagination filled in all the forgotten details. I used this as a block of the month pattern for my guild and now there are many quilts out there with this one woman's warped idea!

5 comments:

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a great shape for Sue...thanks for sharing :o)

be*mused jan said...

What a great interpretation of the tree quilt. I loved that magazine...so many wonderful antique quilts featured!...and when you mentioned the issue, I could see that plaid tree quilt cover in my mind!

Jo said...

I LOVE the bulbous Sues! Do you have some pics of your block of the month interpretations? I've been collecting Sue patterns, focusing on very simple ones. Yours is just terrific! Thanks for sharing.

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Lazy Gal Tonya said...

love that tree quilt. great fabrics and the quilting design is marvelous.

KarenQuilt said...

I have been collecting photos of "unusual" (shall we say) SBSue quilts that I find on the Internet for about 6 years now. This is a GREAT one!