You might think that while I was off, running around previewing wedding menus, unpacking dishware and making Thanksgiving muffins, I wasn't thinking about quilts. You would be wrong. The longer I was away from my sewing, the more I thought about them. As I moved unfinished projects from bedtops to shelves, in search of temporary resting places, I paused to consider next steps. As we ran around town with the wedding checklists, in the back of my mind I was thinking about wedding quilts. And occasionally when I was too tired to quilt at night, I'd haul a few favorite quilt books and magazines down to my comfy chair, flip through the pages and plan some new pieces. No, although there have been a few times in my quilting life when my interest has waned a bit, now is not one of them. In fact, I'm about full-to-bursting with ideas, plans and enthusiasm.
I've been itching to start something new, but with so many irons in the fire already, I decided that I'd get my fix by making a doll quilt. After watching Kathie and so many of you recreate antique favorites, I knew this little quilt that had been in the back of my mind for years was the perfect candidate.
I decided to really study it as I went along, trying to capture some of the same serendipitous flavor of fabric combos. Although I didn't duplicate the exact block layouts, I did make a deliberate effort to choose similar fabrics in design. Even with my large stash, I found that I definitely lean toward certain types of prints when I purchase reproductions and I had almost nothing that would replicate that wonderful dark print with the red staccato repeats in the center blocks.
The long-time quilters among you may recognize the print that finally came closest to the original version...a very old (about 25 years!) Jinny Beyer print. When I moved from Indianapolis to Chicago, I got rid of lots of fabric from that vintage. Hmmm...no looking back!
So here's my small top, ready to be quilted! I'm really happy with it and will definitely do more of this kind of exercise. While I'm usually striving to take a favorite old design and make it my own, I think it's really informative, design-wise, to try to replicate a piece now and then. Especially something folky that is particularly appealing. Some of these pattern, value and color juxtapositions aren't in my usual volcabulary so now I'll have some new things in my bag of tricks for next time. I have a lot more wall space in this house so I can definitely see more of these small quilts in my future.