Pieces of the Heart

Pieces of the Heart

This quilt began with remnants of a nineteenth-century basket quilt. All that was left of the quilt were a few of the green baskets and pink cornerstones, as well as tatters of the green sashing. To me, they told a story. I imagine in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, a woman decided to make a basket quilt using a popular color combination of pink and green. She made it with hope of how nice it would be and with love. Perhaps, she planned to give it as a gift to family or friends or maybe to keep it for herself as a special treat. The quilt was well used and loved until it was falling apart. But even then, someone appreciated the quilt and saved pieces of it. I want to continue that love and appreciation.

In the center of the quilt, I used pieces from the original quilt and added nineteenth-century green sashing closely resembling the original fabric. I did not clean the original block — I learned through trying to clean another one that the result was more fabric loss. I retained the original batting, backing and quilting. I changed the orientation from a straight setting to an on point setting to better feature the original block. I surrounded the original with blocks made from new fabrics — muslin and reproduction pink and green fabrics.

I want the viewer to be able to see the contrast between the original block, which is now over one hundred years ago, and what it might have looked like new. I also hope the viewer sees a little piece of continuing love and goodwill.