Kansas Dust Storm Block by Carrie Hall
Dust Storm? Snow Storm.
When I started making quilts back in the 1960s we were surrounded by them. They had a certain look.
Quilt Dated 1933
Here's a pair of classics from the 1930s. These were the kinds of quilts everybody had on their beds in the college dorms.
Quilt dated 1939
I didn't have any family quilts but I decided to make some. There was a book at the library.
The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt
by Carrie Hall and Rose Kretsinger
full of black and white photos of quilt patterns
And amazingly enough, these blocks were in the collection of the Art Museum at the University of Kansas, where I was a student. I looked at all of them. Each one had a background of plain white. I was inspired.
I had dress scraps and a Penney's store with calicoes for 39 cents a yard and bolts of white cotton.
One day my friend Laurie gave me some aesthetic advice, "You know you don't have to use white in every block."
She was right.
I looked around.
Artists were abandoning white as a background neutral.
If they used white at all it was off-white and it was a color----not the background.
There were new books at the library.
So I abandoned white.
Forty years later, however, people seem to feel white-deprived.
Rebecca Silbaugh on the Moda Bake Shop site.
From looking at the Moda Bake Shop I have to guess that times have changed. I've been using EQ to sketch out some white quilts using my Morris Apprentice reproductions from Moda. Next post: a white quilt.