Friday, February 3, 2012
I definitely used rust a lot in this quilt. It is one of my favorite colors. I don't any one else who like it like I do. With some thought I realized that this color impressed me a lot as a kit. First in the red clay soil of coastal Mississippi and the sandstone rock outcroppings in Colorado. To me rust just seemed so vibrant in the sunshine. The rock outcroppings seemed like miracles.
I have been working on a couple of thing that I can't show yet, but the time will come.
I have been continuing to volunteer at the MSU Museum. The last month I have been sorting thru the patterns designed by Herbert Van Mehren. A name little known today. He had a business to market his quilt designs called Home Arts Studio in the 1930's and 40's. He designed amazing mediallion designs that were 72" square. The most well known is Giant Dahlia. I don't think I have seen quilts made of these patterns except Giant Dahlia and Star of France. However, it seems plenty of quilters bought the patterns and kept him in business. Each pattern is a circular design made up of a complex star pattern. You would have to be quite the expert quilter to make one as there are no instructions just pattern pieces and a partial drawing of the complete quilt. Sorry, but the museum doesn't allow photos. If you have The Encyclopedia of Pieces Quilt Patterns or Block Base the blocks are in those publications.