AURELIA’S JOURNEY is a special compilation collection that brings together favorite prints from Judie Rothermel, Paula Barnes, Homestead Hearth, the Heritage Center Museum, and the New England Quilt Museum.
An accompanying book is scheduled for release early Fall 2010. Written by Homestead Hearth and published by Kansas City Star Qults, the book will supply quilters with the instructions to recreate the antique quilt that inspired the project.
Designers Dolores Smith and Sarah Maxwell discovered the antique quilt, wondering about the maker and whether she had experienced the events that triggered the war and the war itself. Combining old favorites with unique, more complex blocks, the maker obviously devoted many hours to making this quilt, which was completed in 1875. Dolores & Sarah decided to recreate the historical treasure, adapting the blocks for more contemporary techniques like rotary cutting or foundation piecing. To retain the historical integrity of the original, they worked with Marcus Fabrics to bring together a fabric collection reminiscent of the original fabrics, including the fabulous cheddar used in the sashing.