I am a sucker for an antique quilt. I don’t want to own them, I want to examine them. I want to wonder about the person who made them. I want to look at the fabrics, the threads, the stitches. Sometimes I look for antique quilts on Pinterest and occasionally I find one that peaks my interest. This is one of the quilts that I discovered about a year ago and as hard as I have tried, I could not find the pattern in any quilt book.
I even took the initiative to post a photo of it on a hand quilting FB group I use to be a member of. No-one knew anything about the pattern. I tried to let the matter rest, but for some reason the quilt kept calling me. Eventually I gave into the calling and I mapped out the design, added some new parts and took careful measurements. This is what I came up with:
I worked on this pattern on and off last summer and I made several samples until I perfected the measurements (I’m not really fond of diagonals). This is one of the blocks I made using scraps of up-cycled fabrics. Several names for the block came to me while I was designing it, but “Belle of the Ball” was the one that stood out most for me: So “Belle of the Ball” it is.
With all that has happened with me medically since last October, I set it aside and tried to forget about it. It wasn’t happening, this block wanted to be made.
I have this issue with fabric and quilts. I have intentions for doing one thing and it’s as if there is an unseen force constantly nudging me to do something different. I had this problem with the heart quilt I made last year. It’s quite annoying, but there is no ignoring it: It simply will not go away…EVER, unless I do what the fabric or pattern wants. (I know, I’m mental)
So recently I took out the pattern again and I played around with it a bit and before I knew it I had a table runner made.
Could I stop there? Of course not. It’s like feeding a gremlin water after dark, it wants to multiply.
Recent snow storms have prevented me from venturing outside of our town, so I decided to use what fabric I had on hand. Surprisingly, I had just enough fabric left over from the Hawaii quilt to make a twin size quilt.
I had recently picked up a yard of white Bella quilt backing from Birdseye Mercantile for a different project, but I had exactly the right amount to make the white areas of the “Belle of the Ball” quilt, so I used it.
OK, so Bella is making a quilt named “Belle of the Ball” using white fabric that the manufacture calls Bella and I have exactly the right amount of bright fabrics to complete each block. Coincidence? Sigh… this quilt wants to be made, I feel like I am just along for the ride.