Today's quilt makes us think about shape as an element of design. Mary Vaughan began with Kaffe Fassett's adaptation* of a coverlet from the 19th century. However, Mary has taken the design to a whole new level by choosing a brilliant white-on-red color scheme, and by filling the quilt with shapes of all kinds.
Red-and-white appliqué quilt, by Mary Vaughan, at Fun With Barb and Mary
The quilt has been personalized with shapes that include cats, birds, squirrels, spools, dresses, pears, skeleton keys, wine glasses, fleur-de-lys, angels with trumpets, a moon and stars, forks and spoons, and the initials, 'm' and 'V'. Some of the pieces can be seen in the work-in-progress photo below.
Mary explains that the three members of her group each did their interpretation of the quilt. Mary chose to do hers in red and white without a border; her quilt received honorable mention at the 2009 NJ State Quilt Show. Barb's quilt, called Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, won best appliqué at the NJ State Show the year it was finished. Susan's quilt is yet to be unveiled.
Image credits and additional links: The images are shown with the generous permission of Mary Vaughan. At her original blog, called MissMaryMadeIt, you can read her 2009 posts about her quilting and thread decisions, ultimate quilting design, and quilt show award.
*The Kaffe Fassett Folk Art Quilt was published in Kaffe Fassett's Museum Quilts by Taunton Press.