Just over a year ago, I was lucky enough to visit Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, an exhibition put together by the American Folk Art Museum. (Follow the link to check it out!)
Basically, this one lady's 3 zillion red and white quilts were on display in a huge, hangar-like armory. I was just... overcome. Not just by all the amaaazzzzing quilts, but also because of the sheer quantity of human creativity hours put into making them all.
At one point, I almost started crying when I saw this quilting:
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I was empowered: orange peels and curves (and hand-quilting) are hard. Whoever this lady was, she just went for it.
I was also struck with how very "modern" these pieces were, despite being quite old, in many cases.
To me, these quilts were also standing in for all the women behind their creation. Maybe they were sewing for fun, maybe by necessity, but each quilt shows serious craftsmanship and love. And, through this effort, we're connected, those ladies and me.
Later that year, a friend of mine requested a custom quilt, inspired by her own visit to the exhibit. Win-win! She drafted up a cool idea, with a sort-of Native-American, XL ikat spot center, and I translated that into a quilt.
I realized that I had made twice as many flying geese as I needed (using the second method here makes a lot, pretty easily), so I put 'em in the back.
As a very tangible connection to all those red and white quilts of the past, I was so excited to make this one!