One of the fabrics Vicki sent me was a Judie Rothermel print (Regency II Collection) which compliments a set of nine patch blocks I’ve been saving for a “someday” quilt. My inspiration came from an antique I saw displayed at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. The original quilt has been registered with the Montana Quilt Documentation Project, so much is known of its history and provenance.
The quilt was made by Mollie Stine for her daughter Alice. It traveled with the family from Hume, Missouri to Bozeman, Montana in 1898. Details of their four month covered wagon trek were reported in a Bozeman newspaper by one of the Stine daughters.
In the original quilt, what packed a punch was the 224 tiny nine patch blocks. They contained an astounding variety of brown prints, which managed to hold their own against the predominant cheddar color. These simple, spunky blocks just begged to be reproduced.
My intention was to duplicate the entire Stine quilt. I knew I could come up with at least 50 different brown prints from my stash, and began making four identical blocks from each fabric. After 20 sets of blocks, I lost steam. As usual, MS sidetracked me.
Since 1999, the blocks have been tucked inside a box that’s been moved so many times, I forgot where it was. When I saw that Judy Rothermel fabric, it prompted a search for the box and a change of plans.
Because I have four identical sets of 20 blocks, I thought I’d make a doll quilt for myself and kit up the remaining blocks as a thank you for my friends who pieced the wedding quilt. Better to use up what I have than delude myself that I’ll ever make more. After all, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”