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Monday, December 7, 2015

Wild Oats Quilt Pattern for Old Cambridge Pike

Wild Oats from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

Carrie Nelson at Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. has created an official pattern for my latest mid-19th-century reproduction fabric collection from Moda: Old Cambridge Pike.

Why Wild Oats?

The fabric line was inspired by the generation of New England intellectuals, widely remembered in Louisa May Alcott who lived near the Old Cambridge Pike in Concord, Massachusetts.

LMA's parents had rather radical ideas about education, diet
and society. Her father Bronson Alcott established a utopian
community farm called Fruitlands when Louisa was 10.

Fruitlands still stands as a museum

She recorded her memories of the experiment in vegan communal life
in a satirical article Transcendental Wild Oats, first published in 1873.
So the pattern is "Wild Oats."

You can buy the pattern now, but
the fabrics haven't been delivered yet.

Any day now.

While you're waiting you might want to read about the Alcotts.

"Transcendental Wild Oats" is included in the book Laurel Leaves: Original Poems, Stories, and Essays, edited by William Fearing Gill, which you can read at Google Books:
Search for 
Alcott Laurel Leaves

Two recent group biographies:

Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson.

Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia by Richard Francis.

And you can visit Fruitlands:

1 comment:

cityquilter grace said...

the alcott family would have starved if not for louisa may, bronson was notorious for not supporting his family while deeply mired in transcendentalism...