I made my first quilt at the age of nine under the gentle guidance of my neighbor, Arzetta Poole (1888-1979). I have such fond memories of her simple appliqués in beautiful 1930’s colors. I found this little inspiration quilt in a ‘junk’ store in 1992 in the same town I grew up in (Edgecomb, Maine). There was no provenance with the piece but I secretly wished that I had saved a little bit of Mrs. Poole when I rescued it from a heap on the floor of a dusty back room.
I began the reproduction process by photocopying each block and then hand drawing patterns of each individual animal. I used all of the original designs except the beaver. I couldn’t make it look like it belonged on a baby quilt, so I added another kitten. I mimicked the black buttonhole stitch around each appliqué, but simplified the other embroidery. I used scraps from my extensive vintage feed sack collection for the animals and vintage white feed sacks for the background. The original quilt is tied with a cotton blanket for batting and there is a wide ‘blanket’ type binding which is machine applied. I chose to hand quilt the reproduction and used a ‘split’ wool batting. The backing is a reproduction cotton fabric and I finished with a small separately applied binding.
I have wanted to participate in the AQSG Quilt Study for a long time. This seemed to be the perfect time to ‘jump in’ and I appreciate the opportunity to help carry on this tradition.