As soon as Teri and Kara reached the car, the talk began. Which fairy tales would they stitch? How many should they choose? How large should they make the blocks? They brainstormed during the entire 45-minute ride home. The next day, they had each done exhaustive internet searches to be sure that there were no such quilts. They discussed and finalized the list of stories they wanted to use, including some tales from the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. The next weeks were filled with planning. Which blocks would be picture blocks, which would be wreaths, and which would incorporate papercuts? They wanted to stay true to the style of Baltimore album quilts, so they intended to include each of these major styles of album blocks. Designs were drawn, colors were chosen, and background fabric and a few base fabrics were purchased. And the friends began to stitch.
Two years later, the top was completed, and they took the quilt to Bellwether Dry Goods to be hand-quilted. And this past Monday, they went to pick up the completed quilt. The stories had come to life. Kara and Teri were thrilled!
Here are a few highlights from the quilt.
|The spinning wheel and briar roses from Sleeping Beauty|
|Cinderella's glass slipper|
|Little Red Riding Hood with her basket of goodies for her grandmother|
|One of Snow White's seven dwarves, in front of the magic mirror|
|Andersen's Nightingale singing with the emperor's mechanized bird|
|The Ugly Duckling in the nest|
|Thumbelina in a walnut shell being pulled to safety by a butterfly|
|The ship that intrigues the Little Mermaid|
|Beauty approaching the Beast's castle with the rose her father picked for her|
|Can you find the Beast hidden in the tree?|
|Jack climbing the Beanstalk on the left border . . .|
|. . . with the cow at the bottom|
|Jack descending the beanstalk with the golden harp on the right border|
|There is no sashing between the blocks, so the quilting design provides that separation.|
Teri and Kara are delighted with the completed fairy tale quilt and cannot wait to share it at the Baltimore Appliqué Society meeting next week. Unfortunately, the Snow Queen interfered with their opportunity to share it at a lecture that they were scheduled to give earlier in the week. They have many plans and ideas for fun projects to continue telling these fairy tales through their needles' eyes.
The two friends are already discussing their next quilt project. Which fairy tales will they stitch next? What stories would you tell through your needle's eye?
Kara and Teri don't know what adventures their quilt may have, but they do know that any quilt about fairy tales will surely live happily ever . . .