I was going to call this post “The Ugliest Quilt Ever”.
But that’s really not fair, nor is it true.
These vintage quilt blocks came in a boot box full of treasures I bought from a custom quilt shop.I laid them out in my studio and stared at them for weeks. I think these fabrics must be from the 40’s or 50’s, but I have no way of knowing for sure. To me they don’t seem to go together at all. I imagine a woman piecing these blocks together with scraps she had saved for years. I imagine a woman loving these fabric scraps as they must have had meaning to her. A favorite dress, a child’s dress, some kitchen curtains.
I thought I would try some modern techniques I’ve been studying through books and YouTube. The result was a tiny disaster.
If I thought the blocks were ugly before. I was turning them into “double ugly”.
Mercifully, I listened to my inner critic this time and stopped after ruining only one block. My muse told me to halt and sew them all together as one quilt top before I destroyed this woman’s art.
Looking at the back, I fell in love with this piece and the woman who created it. This was a true labor of love.
I recall Dolly Parton’s song “The Coat of Many Colors”.
She made my coat (quilt) of many colors, that I was so proud of.”
“Now I know we had no money, but I was as rich as I could be…
In the coat (quilt) of many colors, that my momma made for me.”
I know Joseph had the original franchise on “The Coat of Many Colors”.
Yet, I prefer Dolly’s version.
I look at it now and see how Many became One.
I wonder if She sees it.
And I wonder if She’s pleased.
Love, Cowgirl Red aka Terah
P.S. This week on my Artist’s Retreat in Santa Fe, I purchased the perfect backing for this quilt. She leads me.
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