Friday, June 25, 2010

Civil War Bride or Bird of Paradise Quilt

The Civil War Bride quilt is an interpretation of a quilt in the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, c 1858-1863. The top was made during the Civil War period and is thought to be an unfinished wedding quilt. A female figure is appliqued in one block but the block next to her is almost empty which leads experts to believe the maker had planned to include a groom but for some reason did not. Their theory is supported by newspaper templates, including one of a male figure, that were found with the quilt top.

I decided to use contemporary fabrics for my quilt. I am using Moda's Verna by Kate Spain and Eva by Basic Gray. I also am using some Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler fabrics. My background is white with small white swirls in it.

If you'd like to follow everyone's progress as they make this quilt, you can join the Civil War Bride Quilt group on Yahoo. You can also follow along on this blog


  1. Hello Kay,

    Your block is beautiful. Your choice of fabrics is modern, and makes your block looks so chic! I love it.

  2. Thank you very much! Sorry for a delay in reading your comment. I'm new to this blog thing and am SO excited that I got a comment!!

  3. I'm getting this as a BOM but I'm rethinking my choice as your vibrant modern colors make the quilt come alive. I really love it!