Quoting Judy Hopkins...."let's not forget scrapbag quilts...those "use-it-up, make-it-do" quilts where the fabric-on-hand of every color, value, and visual
texture imagionable is combined into a mad, cheerful conglomeration.
The bow tie is a wonderful pattern for doing that". And a personal favorite of mine. Other than 9 patches, I've probably made more bow tie quilts than any other.
I came across this one(again) this morning while looking through a book by Judy Hopkins "Fit To Be Tied". I believe it was published in 1990. The quilt maker was Flora Yingst and is called "Flora's Bows" c. 1940.
I absolutely love it, and would be thrilled to own it...but even as wild as I get with scraps sometimes, I feel I lack the abandonment to use these extreme choices. I love to look at these old quilts and wonder IF I could have done that? Could I have had the desire to make another quilt top so much that ANYTHING I had at hand could be used? Because I think often, that is what it came down to during those hard times. It's NOT what you would like to have, but WHAT you DO have. It's almost like there was a conflict between pride and creativity. "Leave me alone and let me piece this", or "There is no way I can make any more quilt tops since I don't have the supplies". Do you ever wonder what you would choose? Or would have chosen? How deep and desperate is that love of quilting making? Can it be taken from you or surrender due to materials limitation? Can you piece a "bit" onto that scrap to get that needed square? Can you live with the left side bottom bow tie block? It's the only block in the quilt where EACH of the bow ties are each a different fabric.
It's like the question is not "how low can you go(limbo)?" but "how free can you be?".
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