"Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'..."

Posted Wed, Nov 17 2010 4:01 PM by Mary Fons

I'm inspired by antique quilts. 

The fact that the women on the prairie created, with often little more than a lead pencil, a straight edge, and an idea, these artful designs that they then crafted from cloth is something that dazzles me every time. And I'll say it because it must be said: Because they were women, I suspect, the artistry and the vision they possessed has gone largely under-appreciated. More on that later, I'm sure. 

I pore over the books I have of antique quilts and when I'm in Iowa, I look through my mom's books. She has a lot of books on quilting and because she's such a fan of Civil War era quilts in particular, there are a lot of volumes full of incredible photography that I can sit with for hours. I find inspiration by looking at books of blocks -- Barbara Brackman's comes to mind -- and then figuring out how the blocks might be combined to create a new quilt. This is how many people do it, I know. 

The block that inspired my "Emeralds" quilt is the "Rolling Stone." I saw it and I thought, "Ooh. It looks like cut emeralds." And since I wanted to work with greens, it was the perfect choice. This is what it looks like. Or what three in a row look like:

Don't you think it looks like the top of a diamond or some kind of jewel? I hope to have 40+ different kinds of green fabrics in this quilt, and it's all set with Kona cotton's "Natural" solid, which looks like muslin but has a different feel to it. 

This block isn't particularly complex, but I love the person who designed it anyway, and I love that she named it "Rolling Stone." She was way ahead of any rock n' roll magazine, way ahead of Bob Dylan, too. 


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:01 PM by Barbara

Mary I love this block ,I think because it is so simple , and yes it does look like cut emralds. I can't wait to see your finished project..Barbara

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:48 PM by gini

this block is one we made in sylvia's bridal sampler.    it was fun to make      i look forward to seeing your "emeralds"    

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:53 PM by Nana

I think this will be beautiful in greens.  And emerald is my birthstone so I will really love it...LOL>

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Thursday, November 18, 2010 4:18 AM by jay-marie

I love this block and look forward to seeing your quilt when it is finished.

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Friday, November 19, 2010 4:53 AM by Leslie

I think it will be a stunning quilt.