We are celebrating this morning in the quilt cave!
FIRST, our little online store front is finally open to sell the musical instrument quilt blocks that make up the "BALTIMORE RHAPSODY" project! You can find it by clicking on the "badge" to the right of the top of this post (www.fabrictherapyonline.com).
SECOND, I've been working on some NEW applique doodles in anticipation of our 20th wedding anniversary later this fall. Last week we celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the "day we met" (does anyone out there celebrate those kinds of milestones, or are we just hopeless, goofy romantics??). It prompted some little doodles...
After my creative journey through the Civil War Bride Quilt project, I've always wanted to explore a project that depicted our journey, a quilt that would tell our story.
Lately, I've been studying and thinking about the "The Reconciliation Quilt." Have you seen this old beauty?
Apparently it was just on display earlier this summer at the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska. The quilt was made in 1867 by Lucinda Ward Honstain of Brooklyn, New York. It was made right after the civil war and depicts 40 scenes of hope and compassion that depict the country trying to reunite and heal.
I love quilts that tell a story, and the folk art style of quilting has always appealed to me...a style where applique pictures can be a little less precise, and size and scale can be distorted, unreal, and a little whimsical.
With that in mind, while I was recently out of state, I started doodling. I was trapped away from home and quilt cave, with few quilting comforts...just a little sketch book...
I started thinking about the life changing events of all our lives and things we value above all else. At the time, these events have perhaps seemed small and unremarkable, but after the passage of some time they prove monumental. Those are the kinds of things I want to capture and record in quilt blocks, if possible, and make my own story quilt...and maybe prompt you to do the same...
When I look at The Reconciliation Quilt," I find that I wish I knew what Lucinda was thinking as she drafted each block. I wish I had a name, or a date, or some tiny clues. That is why I am toying with whether to include tiny appliqued letters and numbers depicting names, dates, or places. Will they add? Will they detract?
THIRD, a give-away to celebrate the release of the patterns! How about 3 winners, each getting to choose 4 music blocks? Leave a comment revealing your most embarrassing musical moment EVER (musician, or not...if you have one) and I will choose 3 winners by random number generation at 6PM EST Wednesday evening, July 31.
p.s. - Our little store site is very simple. Right now we can only mail domestically. Soon I will have the patterns available to be purchased by "electronic download" (the large format applique picture will be "quartered" so that it will print on four 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper, then can be taped together). This will eliminate postage for those interested and able to print a pattern at home/work from email, and ESPECIALLY will avoid all the annoying customs requirements that seem to be different for every country...my head is still spinning from THAT little discovery! We are definitely learning to walk before running with this project.