I received sample yardages for the newly released Fabric Collection “Family Tree” by Benartex. The finished quilt made with these fabrics will appear in “The Quilter Magazine” later this year. This is quite a major undertaking for me as it involves A LOT of piecing! I will give a sneak preview in a later post. But for now, don’t you like these old-fashioned looking fabrics that just scream HEIRLOOM to all who look? In my opinion, this collection is one of the prettiest from Benartex I have ever seen! Ahhhh… don’t you just love the scroll work, the heirloom blooms, the rich colors, the timeless beauty…..
I thought I would show off these fabrics with a reproduction of Rembrandt Peale’s 1829 portrait of well-known hero in the Family Tree of America – President and General George Washington. Shown also is a reproduction of a 1792 painting depicting the west front of Mount Vernon. General Washington preferred to not designate the sides of his house as “front and back sides”. Instead the “front” side was called the “west front”, and while the “back” side was called the “east front”:
Mrs. Washington, Martha, was the perfect wife of the Colonial Virginian plantation owner. Her style of entertaining and warmth in hospitality were virtually unmatched. She was also an avid rose gardener whose rose clippings even passed on to her great-granddaughter who later became Mrs. Robert E. Lee. As I am working on this quilt, my thoughts hearken back to General and Mrs. Washington and the history of Colonial and the founding of America, and it is to the memory of these two remarkable historical figures I will dedicate this quilt.
Have a wonderful week ahead, everyone!