I started making the quilt from the tablecloth last week. It’s been just about a year since I got the tablecloth and a letter in the mail from Tess. I had agreed to make her grandmother’s tablecloth, with violets on it, into a quilt. My plan was to have it done by January 2014. That obviously didn’t happen, but Tess seems fine with the timeline. It’s one of the last few commissions I took.
So last week, I laid the tablecloth out on my floor and pulled the purple and yellow fabrics from my shelves and tossed them on the floor. Then I cut up the tablecloth. It was bigger than I thought it would be and I was wondering how I would use it all. So many options, really with a piece of fabric that size, so to narrow it down, I started cutting. Squares and strips then started with a square.
Violets, like lavender, like pansies. They can be old lady flowers,delicate, soft and lady-like. But to me they have an interior strength. Hardy and prolific they will dominate a lawn or garden if you let them. And this is the part of the violet I wanted to come through in this quilt. Because I have come to know Tess pretty well and I imagine the rest of the women in her family are like her, and like the violet. Tough enough to be able to be soft when she needs to be.
So this is how it went….
The Violet Table Cloth was Tess’ grandmother’s favorite. I like to think she’d be happy with what I’m doing with it.