Handmade Quilt Block Making! by gulshina80
In the spring of 1933 my great grandmother, Effie Bernice Hunt, began a labor of love at her kitchen table: a 25 week-long handmade quilt making project of 25 appliqu quilt blocks. Each handmade quilt block featured a different flower beloved in the Pacific Northwest and ranged from the camellia, to the gladiolus to bluebells. The patterns were published weekly in the Sunday Oregonian newspaper. A full 60 years later I assembled those fragile polished cotton, handmade quilt blocks into the gorgeous finished âModernistic Flower Appliqu Quilt.â Effie had very thoughtfully tucked the directions in among the completed appliqu quilt blocks for the final quilt assembly or visit www.instant-software-products.com what a beautiful handmade quilt and portrait of the past she bequeathed to me! The family story goes that the heart or Effieâs handmade quilt making operation, and she made many appliqu quilts and patchwork quilts, was at the kitchen table in front of her beloved, huge radio set stationed smack in the middle of everything. My particular appliqu quilt was gradually given birth to over a weekly basis beginning in the spring of 1933.
While the entire familyâs life revolved around that kitchen âcommand center,â my father remembers being shooed out to play when his grandmother claimed her âalone time.â The kitchen resolutely became off limits but for handmade quilt making and radio time! Set aside this time daily to work on the weekly handmade quilt block, to soak up her favorite radio dramas and to listen to the worldâs breaking news. She is remembered as being a history buff and a news junkie! Imagine some of the awareness sewn into my handmade quilt: in 1933 Hitler became the German chancellor, the Naziâs began their reign of terror, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as President of the United States and the New Deal was launched. Postage for a letter then was only 3 cents too! So, on May 28,1933 the Sunday newspaper published the first weekly appliqu quilt block pattern: âThe Tulip,â âassociated with Holland and spring and brilliance of hueâthe tulip may be made one of the most colorful in the quilt.â Buff or black were the suggested color choices for the basis of the handmade quilt blocks and I love how she chose black. The colors of the flowers are so vivid and striking on this background that they literally jump out from the appliqu quilt. On Sunday, June 25th,
It pictures two yellow spurred blossoms with one head-on view and another viewed from the side. My favorite part of this handmade quilt block is the three plump, round leaves which are so identifiable with the nasturtium plant. I have grown these flowers for years because the flowers are so delicious to eat in salads! On Sunday, July 30th, âThe Bluebell.â The quilter is advised to make the blue bells light in color for conspicuousness and to make the stitching a darker blue. The stitching used to connect the bells to the stem and to form the stamens is to be orange. For some reason Effie did not connect the bells to the stem with orange stitching but left them free floating. Perhaps this was more modern to her eye? Almost two months later on October 1, was published: âThe Morning Glory.â The handmade quilt designer wrote that this flower was included ââto go to www.newbies-guide-to-making-software.com enable the user of the appliqu quilt who retires with the poppy to greet the day with the morning glory! Following in Effieâs footsteps and being a history buff myself, I can imagine that while sewing this handmade quilt block Effie could have been listening to news stories about the repeal of prohibition — what a contrast! And so, here is just a small historical vignette about my great grandmotherâs personal context for the art of handmade quilt making in the 1930âs. What a wonderful gift and historical portrait Effie left behind. I feel so lucky to daily gaze upon this beautiful âModernistic Flower Appliqu Quiltâ and to be reminded of her life and the world as she knew it.
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