Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grandmother's Choice by Stitch & Knit

Grandmother's Choice
by Stitch & Knit
79" x 79"

Another finished top from 49 blocks!
Blocks on point alternating with a half-square-triangle block.

It looks like a strip quilt but it's constructed block-by-block.

In the center she printed photos
of her mother, grandmothers and a great-grandmother.

Cats and Mice by Stitch & Knit

The color emphasis: Browns and pinks popular in
the 19th century.

A beautiful sampler.

Gentleman's Choice by Stitch & Knit

See all her blocks at her Flickr photo stream:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dianne Little's Woman Suffrage Quilt

Woman Suffrage by Dianne Little, Little Quilts
Pieced, appliqued, embroidered and painted top, 2012-14.
 78" x 112"

Dianne writes to say she has finished her sampler this week. The center was inspired by a Women's Suffrage poster painted by Evelyn Rumsey Cary (1855-1924) about 1905.

The painting for this poster is now in the collection of the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University. Click here:

Dianne stitched it all by hand and did some ripping, resewing and accidentally stitching it to her clothes before getting it done last Tuesday.

She asked friend Don Harris to paint the face.

There is much symbolism in the color and fabric choices. She wanted to represent the time period 1875-1920 when the fight for the vote was at its most intense.

She combined "William Morris prints, art nouveau, art deco, a collection of fabrics called Valley of the Kings to represent the archaeology going on at the time.... a damask fabric to represent all the damask tablecloths women have had to iron over the years, and the black framing is to represent the tracery in the stained glass that is so representative of the era,"

See Dianne's fabulous photo stream at Flickr for the Grandmother's Choice blocks here:

And do remember her striking Civil War Sampler quilt---she loves to embroider.