February 25, 2019 by kittynh
Long ago before wool felting and other crafts, I was a quilter.
My friends owned a quilt shop. They were also quilt historians, in that they collected old Redwork q
uilts, and would publish the patterns they drew up from the old blocks.
I admit to a love for the “Alice in Wonderland” illustrations by John Tenniel. During the brief Redwork quilt revival in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, I designed my own Alice Redwork quilt. My friends wanted to adapt the pattern for their shop. I gladly gave them my blessing, as they have been wonderful friends.
I made two Alice quilts, one a small wallhanging, and the other a miniature. I framed the miniature a few. years ago, but lost track of the wall hanging. I let my friends use the wall hanging for their shop, and basically forgot about it.
Happily, just last week, I received the Alice wall hanging back. It had indeed been lost, and then found, on a shelf. I am happy now to be able to offer the wall hanging to my daughter, and the miniature can live with me a bit longer.
I also pulled out a Rework quilt I made from the “Marshmallow the Bunny” book. I made my quilts just for fun. But it is nice that the Alice Redwork adaptation has allowed many people to make their own Tenniel inspired quilt.