Tuesday I abandoned my redwork quilt in progress and started over. I wanted to love the quilt..I wanted it to say "this was made by Jacquie". About 48 hours later here it is bathed in the morning sun...queen sized, full of whimsy, color and fun. I'm in love.
I was reading the history of redwork quilts and found that traditionally the redwork was sashed in red. There's a reason for that...it makes the redwork pop off the quilt. With the busyness of the rest of the quilt the eye wants to land on those redwork flowers. Yeah! That's where the traditional in this quilt ends. Most of the blocks are improvisationally pieced half log cabin blocks...all of the centers are some kind of polka dot fabric.
I used my mom's beautiful redwork, some of my very favorite fabrics, amy butler, katie jump rope, flea market fancy, swell, farmer's market, confections and even a few olivia dots.
I love the polka dot panels on the sides and the red border grounds the whole quilt.
It has an Alice in Wonderland feeling to me. Wouldn't this make a wonderful tablecover for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
I zoomed right past my first year blogiversary in January and also my 200th post. So let's celebrate a bit. Would you help me name this quilt? It's going to be donated to my church for the annual quilt raffle. (I'm buying lots of tickets!!) It should have a fun name. How about I choose a name from your suggestions on Sunday. The lucky winner gets fabric...I don't know what kind...maybe some special vintage fabric...or something fun from my stash. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
I still have to piece the back and get this baby basted and quilted up. Nothing like a deadline to get my butt in gear. Then I have to show it to the ladies of the church. My son warned me in advance...he said, "I like it mom, but those ladies are going to think you do drugs." I'm good with it!