When I first heard about the AQSG Colonial Revival Quilt Study, I began looking for a quilt to interpret. Looking through many choices in the libraries of museums I found this 4 block quilt of a “Whig Rose” at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. It was a perfect choice, as I have a passion for red and green quilts.
I started my project by drawing my design on muslin to create the proper scale and then transferred the design by placing the pieces on my fabric with a light box. After struggling with the center points I machine pieced the outer center circle and hand appliquéd the center circle.
Most interesting was the history I learned about the “Whig Rose” pattern. Before women could vote they supported their political party through arts. One of these arts was quilting.
This has truly been a learning experience to work on this interpretation.