Thursday, 9 February 2012

Patchwork Quilt - Pink for February

Many years ago, in fact in the 1970s, a friend in the USA bought several patchwork quilt tops from an elderly lady in the far Midwest.  All were machine sewn and needed to be quilted.  I bought the pink one, the Lone Star, from my friend for the amazing price of $30.  I put the wadding in and added the lining and attempted to do the tiny hand stitching around every diamond shape. It was not a success.  My mother, however, was an excellent needlewoman. She lovingly quilted it for me and I then finished off the binding at the edges.
The plan was to hang it at the head of our double bed.  We painted our room a pinkish magnolia and chose carpet to compliment the quilt.  When hung on the wall, it glared like a neon light.  All the diamonds seemed to take on a life of their own. They appeared to move and flash. It was certainly not restful, so I took it down.  For many years it was folded carefully away in a cupboard.  Recently, I resurrected it and it now has pride of place on the double bed in our spare room where it looks beautiful, finally coming into its own.  The colours are gorgeous, never failing to cheer me up, particularly on a dull February day.
Thank you Marilyn; thank you Mom and thank you lady from the Midwest who did the original patchwork.

1 comment:

  1. Oh ... so clever. Can I come and stay in your spare room? xx