Ever since I saw an image of “The Bird of Paradise Quilt” in a quilt book years ago, I dreamed of actually making the quilt. About three years ago, I went down to the Museum of American Folk Art hoping to see the quilt in person. It was truly an “enlightening” experience.
It wasn’t until several months ago that the dream became a reality. A quilter friend purchased the Karen Mowery book, A Bountiful Life, up at Log Cabin fabrics and shared it with me. My dear friend Marie was also captivated by this quilt and is taking the journey with me. With the help of Karen’s book, we know that others are making the quilt as well.
I was truly lucky to work at Historic Huguenot Street, in New Paltz New York, where I could get more inspiration. HHS have over 100 historic quilts in our collection, more than half have been identified by their makers. How thrilling it is to actually find an image of the woman who made the quilt!
Ashley, who shares my passion for quilts, has been wonderful enough to help me manage this blog, so we are off!
If you are making this quilt, please let us know. We will find a way for you to post your images in the near future.
Sadly, I just read that Karen Mowery, who is definitely the inspiration for this Blog just lost her battle with cancer and died in February.
We dedicate this site to Karen’s memory and the gift she has given us.
Susan, Ashley and Marie