I am so thrilled to receive photographs of another version of Maria’s Quilt from Germany. This beautiful quilt was made by Ursula, and I will let her tell you her story in her own words:
‘I started making patchwork and quilting about 10 years ago, when my busy life slowed down and I could finally afford to develop a very time consuming passion – quilting. Meanwhile I have retired and apart from my two little dogs quilting became a very important part of my life.
I got the book last November as a present. I felt attracted to the story of the quilt from different angles: including history and personal life stories into a quilt is a fascinating element. I read about American quilting and found some interesting legends on that. I also liked the way Liz Trenow let the modern protagonist Caroline find out about the history of the quilt and of Maria. It was more like detecting an old story than living and suffering in it.
The story of Maria is the second angle. The history of a now long dead relative of my family who spend years in psychiatric care had quite a few similarities and the book reminded me of her fate. Last but not least I felt inspired to making it because the quilt is so beautiful and I really wanted to make one myself.
Starting with traditional motives and projects, during the last couple of years I mostly tried different freestyle techniques, moving toward art quilts. When I started planning ‘Maria’s Quilt’ one of my quilting friends commented: ‘But that is very traditional.’
I really enjoyed following the instructions for this traditional quilt. With each round I read the part in the book again, where Maria was supposed doing it. Within the application round I changed to embroidered units, using silk yarn and little pearls. I decided to design the units out of elements from ancient motives.
I have given the quilt a subtitle: “Journey through time”, since it starts with ancient design and ends with some bright colours in modern design. I used some elements from Celtic and other ancient designs and looked individually for colour and style that would comply with each piece.