Errant Ones is the name given this playmat for baby, my original design and unfinished in this photo. The finished quilt was given first place in the crib quilt category at the Hannibal Piecemakers Quilt Show going on April 1 and 2 at the Admiral Coontz Armory. The pattern is called Baby’s Playmat and is available at the Hickory Stick Quilt Shop in Hannibal. The show features over 350 quilts and many vendors making it a great opportunity for a weekend road trip to the birthplace of Mark Twain.
I am working on an entry for the Rieman Gardens Quilt Show in Ames, Iowa in September. Actually, I am working on several entries for that show. Gardens is the key but this year is their 20th anniversary so the overall theme is Celebration. The pic is one of the 10 inch blocks with applied “flower petals” (abstracted) that were paper pieced to meet my need for sharp points. Not all flower petals have sharp points so I have an idea for yet another version that is even more improvisational.
Remembering: Under the Quilt
I grew up knowing that when you were going to a “dress up” or public event proper ladies wore nylon hose. I learned about hosiery when playing under the quilt as my grandmother and her friends quilted at the country church. When starting a new quilt there was lots of room to play underneath the frame because they always started at the outside edges and worked toward the center, rolling up the quilt as it was quilted. Some legs under the quilt wore very opaque and unsightly hosiery. Often those legs were short and fat. Other legs wore very sheer and natural colored hosiery, almost invisible except for the seam going up the back. Those legs seemed longer and more shapely. Some seams were straight and some were rather crooked as they traveled up the back of the leg. And sometimes there were these lighter stripes–they were called runs by the quilt ladies and it was a disaster to have one. And then some legs had “knee highs”, before there really was knee high hose. I learned that if you didn’t want to mess with a girdle (that’s a whole ‘nother story) you might get by with pulling on the hose and just rolling the extra around the knee. But, before you stood up you had to adjust to make sure the top of the hose were still in the right place. After all, dresses were longer then so nobody really knew your secret—–unless you were under the quilt.
Baby Bunting was a pattern identified in 1922 in Ladies Art Company and also in 1935 by Carrie Hall. Today, improvisational piecing with random grain placement on foundation pieced arcs makes an appealing modern twist for a baby’s playmat. Bright colors stimulate but traditional pastels would also make a great baby ‘s blanket.
I used Dr. Seuss fabrics as a basis for color choice to coordinate with baby Gus’s room in the blue and orange playmat. Another arrangement of the arcs uses a Northcott collection with Moda accents.