Summer Arbor

Summer Arbor

My study quilt appeared like a sunlit summer arbor on my computer screen. While I realized my view was not true to the original, I decided to go with that glowing mental image. Leafy silks from a recycled fabric shop added shimmer for the background and grapes, and an African brocade provided a bit of pixilation for the leaves.

I appreciated the variation in leaf shapes on the original quilt, and thus cut and sewed my leaves and vines freely. Making the quilt mostly in Canada at our summer cottage, I stepped back a century in terms of technology. Pressing grapes on a table leaf over two chairs with a stove-heated oven, I wondered if prohibition was in effect when the original quilter worked. I eyed our Old Home treadle machine and wondered if it was up to the task. I thought about Rural Electrification and wondered whether the quilt maker was eager for easier ways to do things, or content to work carefully on a few projects.