Sunday, November 09, 2008

Holiday Ball

The ladies of the house have been recently invited to a holiday ball. The invitation says we are to arrive dressed in our best Jane Austen attire, so I have spent the last couple of days looking at dresses online. I will probably be inspired to read some of my books also before the event, but what caught my imagination today was the quilt made by Jane!
Isn't it lovely? I really like the simplicity of it, enhanced by the lovely array of beautiful fabrics. I wonder where she got all the fabrics? Leftovers from clothing, traded with friends, purchased with the intent of making a quilt? What did she think about while she sewed it all together, was it an enjoyable escape, or a project she wanted to get finished? I'm sure as a quilter I look at it much differently than a non quilter would. I can imagine her deciding on the placement of the diamonds, fussing over whether the reds are too close together, or if that dark patch looks right in that spot. Running her hands over the top, gathering the memories behind the fabrics and enjoying the feel of the quilting. Feeling accomplished that she has created this thing of beauty out of bits and pieces.

I will probably read her books with different eyes now!

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