Friday, February 6, 2009

Dove in the Window

I think there's a lot to be said for traditional quilt blocks and their history. I love their names. Some are whimsical, some are pictorial, some are political -- like Burgoyne Surrounded or Whig's Retreat. I like that their makers could include subtle messages through the blocks they chose to use: the most widely known probably being the blocks claimed to be used by slaves to assist in their escape to freedom like Wagon Wheel, Flying Geese and Monkey Wrench.

I felt compelled to try out this block today. It's called "Dove in the Window" and was first published by the Lady's Art Company in 1898. I used fabric from my husband's old BDUs (battle dress uniform). Interpret as you see fit.


Gerrie said...

Please click on this photo and see it enlarged. Takes on a whole different meaning.

I would think of attic windows as a traditional "window" block, too.

StegArt said...

That is a great and interesting block. I love your use of the music fabric as the cross beams.

Terry said...

Love the symbolism. We need a dove in the window for sure.