In the continuing effort to document my quilting history, and allowing for my total disregard for any chronological order to this documentation, I want to spend a bit more time in “The Vintage Years”, a time when I was enthralled with collecting vintage fabrics and was beginning to use them in my own work.
After collecting for a number of years, I decided it was time to take the plunge and actually start cutting up these fabrics. The first time I did this was in a class at The Cotton Patch in Lafayette. Barbara Dallas was teaching a series of classes based upon classic quilting patterns, and the first one I took was the Dresden Plate class.
Dresden Plate, 1992 57″ x 73″ Photography by Sibila Savage
I remember making the template for the pattern and sitting there, very consciously making the first cut. Seemed significant at the time, though I really don’t know why. Probably just another aspect of the quilting-as-therapy model. Anyway, the result is this simple version of a 1930’s quilt. Were I to redesign this now, I would place the light muslin in the corners, since I now see that the chosen fabrics kinda make the corners disappear, which I did not see at the time. Oh, well . . .
Also note that I was still a hand-quilter at this time. Wow, those were the days. Still don’t quite know how I did this. (Is this similar to how some women forget the pain of childbirth???)
I found a quilting pattern for the centers of these plates in Quilter’s Newsletter, and thought it just right.
Puzzle of the Day: There is ringer in this plate, a fabric that is not actually vintage. Can you find it??