Friday, 28 August 2009
I’ve been an admirer of the Bird of Paradise quilt which was made during the American Civil War in 1858-1863 and have always wanted to create a replica of this amazing quilt.
However, Corliss from Threadbear has beaten me to it and this year at Showcase I found her beautiful pattern. It is not an identical replica, it is her interpretation of the piece which is just as lovely and I am sitting in awe of this quilt, thinking about how to go about deciding on fabrics. Vintage? Hand dyes? Or my all time favourite….reds. I am tempted.
My stash hasn’t diminished to a single shelf yet and I have a lot of beautiful reds that need a good home and should see the light of day. When this pattern arrived in the post, I rushed out and bought two suitable backgrounds…
although now I’m not so sure anymore. I really don’t know what way I will go with this quilt. I do have an instinctive feeling for red and making it different in this way…however print are so charming….dilemma!!!
I have sent in my request to join in the fun of this quilt with like minded people at The Civil War Bride Quilt Blog.
There are some great examples up there….so I will make a decision (or maybe just flip a coin) and get into it.
If you’re interested in seeing the original, you can do so at the American Folk Art Museum Textile Page http://www.folkartmuseum.org/default.asp?id=1523
Posted by Esther Aliu