Sunday, September 13, 2009
My black square medallion quilt
We found this quilt several years ago at the end of a long day of antiquing in central Indiana. My friend Barbara said that is a great quilt and I agreed but I was so tired I almost passed it up. I’m glad I didn’t.
The fabric is a looser woven cotton than the fabrics we buy at quilt shops today. I’ve repaired it – when I bought it many of the scant seams had pulled apart. The colors of those fabrics are very soft, likely faded with time. And it features a black block in the middle.
My friend Frances pushed me to use black as we designed blocks for our 2002 book Quilting a Poem. I would shriek but now I see her wisdom – using black can add so much depth to a quilt.