Last week I shared a personal story with the blogosphere and I was touched by all the warm and encouraging comments I got both on my blog and on my Oh my! Handmade Goodness feature. So for today’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I though I would share a more in depth story behind one of those quilts that was featured.
I made a series of Interactive Play Quilts and the Americana Appliqué Scenes was by far my favorite. I was born in 1980, and the baby blanket I had was made up of bold primary colors, no pastels: red, blue, navy, white, yellow, and green made up the quilt. These colors were very popular in my childhood, and I find myself still loving them today. Along with that, the applique scenes in this quilt were also inspired from my childhood. My favorite memories inspired the scenes in this quilt: playing in the front yard, going to the zoo, playing “school” with my sister, along with all the other toys we had. When making this quilt, really it was just a walk through my childhood.
The idea behind this quilt was that kids could take a visit to a few classic locations and create their own stories with movable play patches. Each Americana applique scene is a pocket, and each pocket is full of patches that can be moved from one scene to the next, making this quilt interactive and fun to play with.
Here are the Americana applique scenes/pockets with the patches:
And here is what they look like without the patches:
All in all, I really love this quilt, and all the memories it brings back from my childhood.