I've always wanted to be in a quilting bee. I grew up in a small town in Southern Ontario, and Mennonite quilts were everywhere. I have this image of observing a group of Mennonite women sitting around a large quilt, focused on their work. I used to go to a quilt show every year with my mom, and we'd walk around and pick out our favourite.
I think a huge part of the appeal of a quilting bee, for me, would be to escape computers and cell phones and just sit and stitch with a bunch of people who's company I enjoy. Lately, I feel like I spend too much time in front of my computer, so the idea of sitting around with the room of crafty women (and men!) is so inviting.
I've actually NEVER owned a quilt, but now that I'm in the vintage business, perhaps I can keep a lookout for one that suits me.
I've been eyeing up some of the more modern quilts I've found online. The one that makes me swoon the most is 9 Patch Color Study by Eleanor McCain.
|Left: Jack's Modern Quilt by Nancy Stoval. Right: Roots Ginger Queen by Denise Schmidt|
|Left: 9 Patch Color Study by Eleanor McCain. Right: SkullFucked by Quiltsryche.|
|Left: Bedeviled by Regina Alexander. Right: Snakecharmer by Denise Schmidt.|
Look! Even hipsters (and their dogs) love a good, old-fashioned quilt!
|Publicity shot for "The Rosebuds," a band on Merge Records.|