Friday, October 24, 2014

Quilt Show :: Blogger's Quilt Festival :: Fall 2014 :: Quilt 1 :: From the Outside Looking In

October 23 2014,

Amy's Creative Side is hosting yet another Blogger's Quilt Festival. This will be my eighth time entering this festival.

This will be a repeat for you regulars.

Title: From the Outside Looking In
Date created: 06.2014
Dimension: 69" x 69"
Materials: Front - Robert Kaufman Solid Kona Cotton
Materials: Back - Batik cotton fabric
Quilted by: Timna Tarr
Shown At: 2014 Quilt Expo, Madison, WI

Front of Quilt

Back of Quilt

Detail of Quilt

The quilt sketched in excel

This quilt started brewing on February 2nd, 2014 when I was watching a PBS documentary call “The Amish”. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos were playing NFL Super Bowl XLVIII. I had no interest, so I decided to watch the documentary. A friend of ours in the summer of 2013 mentioned that their family would go to Amish country for the summer, and I told my husband that it would be exciting to go visit Pennsylvania Dutch. After researching places to visit, we decided to postpone it to early spring so that it would coincide with the American Quilter’s Society Lancaster Quilt show (note that the trip never happened due to work related issues).
As I watched the documentary, at one point, there were two boys sitting at the back of a wagon looking directly at the camera, and the camera back at them. This made me wonder how it feels to be in a fish bowl, having people thump through your back yard in millions, to be more precise, ten million.1 Most of the adults tend to ignore the camera and pretended as if the crew were not there. I guess they must be use to the gawks and stares from travelers. I could not imagine living in a community where people were continuously looking at me.
The front of this quilt, “From the Outside Looking In” is the traditional Amish center diamond block which portrays a non-Amish (or English) person  peering into the lives of Amish living. The back of the quilt is what an Amish person would interpret as modern living - a world that is busy and full of noise.
 Continue on to the second quilt for the continuation.

Quilt & Bitch


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very nice, love the Kona fabrics!!

Sharon said...

Beautiful quilt - both front and back. And an interesting concept for a quilt! Well done! Love the quilting on both quilts too. Thanks for sharing the story on these quilts.

CapitolaQuilter said...

Both are beautiful and have a great point of view.

Jayne said...

beautiful! Love the front, back, color~everything!

Poppyprint said...

I love your concept and the way you've backed both quilts with beautiful Amish blocks. I hope your quilts were able to hang in the show in such a way that both sides were visible because it is a fantastic juxtaposition of the two views.