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In fact, I think the main reason I have any interest in quilting is due to the chance to be audacious (is that the right word?) in my use of color.
Once I started a wall hanging for elderly friends just because I was fascinated by all the different green colors in their main bathroom. Aqua-greens, mint greens, olive and avocado greens, 50s light greens, forest greens — it was amazing.
I started a search for green fabrics that incorporated both yellow greens and bluish greens. There weren’t too many in the mid nineties! I did a mockup on a foam core board for them because I was so excited about the concept.
Well, that was a mistake. It was clear that either I was NOT communicating my vision or they did NOT appreciate the product.
In any case, I never finished it and I think it’s probably still leaning against the wall behind a stack of fabrics in my sewing room, 12 years later.
Closing with a view of a favorite child in green!
This quilt was made by my husband’s maternal grandmother before he was born. It was never used. We are in the midst of gifting some of the family items to our children and I’ve taken some photos in preparation. These were taken inside with my old camera and with me perched on a chair, holding the camera above the quilt, which explains why they are not terribly clear.
The hexagons on this quilt are about 1.5″ across. On my screen (calibrated with the Huey/Pantone color calibrator), the photos seem to be a fairly accurate pink.
The fabrics in this quilt appear to be mostly 30s and 40s fabrics. There may be a few older fabrics; I will check more closely if this is of interest to you. In any case the fabrics that were chosen appear to be good quality, finely woven cottons. (This is not a given in quilts this age, as many fabrics from the first 2 or 3 decades of the last century were very loosely woven and of poor quality.) The pink color is a traditional one for this pattern.
The quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted and I believe it has a cotton batting. The backing and binding is a looser woven natural muslin fabric, somewhat discolored in places. I could try hand washing it, but probably won’t.