Friday, July 07, 2006

Quilting - the fabric of my life!

Leaf Quilt
I became interested in quiltmaking several years prior to the Bicentennial in 1976. Thanks to the Bicentennial, people had become interested in quilts and quiltmaking once again. By this point in time, quiltmaking was on the decline and in danger of becoming a lost art form.

I remember in 1976, that my sister Laraine and I went to see a Bicentennial quilt that was on display at a public library in Shelton, CT. The quilt was made up of many different individual blocks reflecting the history of the city. Some of the blocks depicted famous homes in the city. I was astonished that these "homes" were made from fabric and that the quilters had even used small scraps of lace for the curtains. They also used embroidery to add flowers and other details to the blocks.

That quilt really had a lasting effect on me - and now, 40 years later, I am still quilting!