"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I will meet you there."
- Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Thursday, July 29, 2010
wip thursday - indigo sisters
Another peek into Kate's wip cupboard.
Seven Sisters is a long standing favourite pattern. My reading suggests the pattern may represent the first seven Confederate states or the seven stars on the Confederate flag. Alternatively, Barbara Brackman says in Civil War Women, the pattern may represent stars in the night sky, an image of old Greek mythology which told of the seven daughters of Atlas. Barbara goes on to say the pattern pre-dates the Civil War with many examples seen in quilts from 1840s and 1850s and was originally called "Seven Stars."
My Indigo Sisters was completed up to this point in January 2010 using 74 antique indigo and blue stars (estimated age 1900) purchased from an antique quilt dealer years ago.
The antique stars had been originally pieced by machine using tiny tiny stitches (all the better not to come undone...ever!). They were really wonky, of various sizes, with centres that didn't meet (a pet hate of mine), so each star was taken apart and resewn accurately by hand after re-marking with a newly drafted template. The stars were then set with a variety of antique and reproduction "garibaldi" style reds (that is reds with black patterning, so named after the red and black uniforms of the 19th century Italian revolutionary Guiseppe Garibaldi). They were then pieced into their hexagonal family groups with a red sister in the centre.
The setting triangles (a repro print) form a secondary star pattern. I can't decide if I should leave the top as is or if it needs a border... the antique sisters I've seen tend not to have fancy borders.
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