Today is the start of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s blog. I participated in it last time and had a wonderful time looking at all the quilts entered.
I thought about what to post this time and finally decided on my Gone With the Wind quilt. I made it early this year, for the Greater Atlanta Shop Hop in March. The theme of the shop hop was “As American As” and the shop I work at choose “As American As Popcorn and a Movie”. Since we are in Atlanta, Gone With the Wind was a natural choice.
This quilt was made from a beautiful line of fabric but unfortunately the pattern was not easy to follow. After making all the blocks, I tried to put it together and it just didn’t go. I had to take every other block completely apart and resew all the seams. Then I had to tug and pull and finally got seams to match. It was worth it in the end but miserable during the process. Addition: I forgot to mention earlier that I named this quilt “Frankly My Dear” for obvious reasons.
Here in Atlanta, there is a strong Gone With the Wind fan base, even after 60+ years. I got to meet several of them once they discovered we had the fabric. They even wanted the empty bolts because they said Gone With the Wind on them. One of the women who came to the shop asked me if I would make her one – the answer was simple---NO!!!!
I volunteered to make this quilt as a tribute to my Mother. While I was growing up, Gone With the Wind came to the theatres every seven years and we always went to see it. She loved Gone With the Wind. She had most of the Gone With the Wind plates on her wall and they are now hanging on my stairs.
The quilt is still in the shop and several people have asked me to sell it to them but I think I will keep it – it does remind me of Mother.