I figured out what to do with my Doily Woman. I’m keeping her on the old quilt backing and outlining her in red so she’s more visible against the lattice or pie crust design.
This is how I’m going to do it.
I cut a new piece of the old quilt for the background. I’m removing the red squares that will be under the Doily Woman then I’ll transfer her onto the new backing and sew the red squares around her like an outline or aura. Then I’ll sew her down.
Removing the old red squares is tedious to do, but an important part of the process for me.
In literally undoing the stitches that another woman sewed so long ago, I’m rearranging the old quilt into something new. And it’s a way for me to honoring her work. I imagine there are few other people who are as close to those stitches as she and I am.
As I often do, I want to keep with the traditional idea of using scraps for quilting and repurposing the fabric. And of course, the red squares are all the same color.
I thought about adding another color, even another red and I just couldn’t see it. There’s something in keeping and using the red squares that had meaning for me that I can’t quite grasp yet. But I trust it.
I thought of using a completley differnt piece of fabric for the background, but each time I thought of something else to use, it didn’t have the same feeling, the same power. She grew out of that background, I don’t want to uproot her.
Doily Woman is a mystery to me, but the more I work on her, the more I understand her.