Friday, October 03, 2014

Quilters, the Musical

Have you seen the play, Quilters?  It's a musical in which each scene is named for a quilt block.  It is based on a book, first published in 1977, The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art, an Oral History

I saw the play performed, probably a decade ago in Michigan, and so when a message went out to the guild asking for volunteers to make blocks, I said yes ... and then I realized just how long it's been since I made something as fussy as a lone star block.

Lone Star Blocks for The Quilters

The larger 18 inch block is used on it's own in a scene; the smaller 12 inch version becomes part of the quilt that is revealed at the end. In the performance I attended in Michigan, the finale quilt was made from huge blocks and the giant quilt on the stage made such a big impact ... but I'm guessing that, in this effort, someone wants a functional quilt for their bed when the play is done ... which makes me feel a little sad about the mis-matched seams in my little lone star. It has been too long since I made any of these and I guess I'm rusty.

Quilters opens at the end of the month at the Santa Fe Playhouse.


I just learned that the reason for making smaller blocks for a bed-size quilt for the final scene is that it will then be used as a raffle quilt for the Santa Fe Playhouse. 


Terri said...

Your blocks are going to be in the play? How exciting. You will have to go again! (See if they perform well.)
In 1978 we had a boarder in our home - he had his own apartment, but there was a communal stairwell - anyway he was the teacher for backgrounds in the Drama department of the local university. He noticed that some framework existed just outside his apartment that probably had had French doors at one time. He asked if we still had the doors. Well, we did. So I don't remember what the play was about, but we went to see our doors in the play. They did their part remarkably well. (And that's our closest claim to fame.) LOL

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

How cool is this????? I am so jealous!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED that play, and yes, saw it when it first came out in a small playhouse on the north side of Phoenix. I loved the book even more than the play, and still have my first edition copy in storage. The music is wonderful. I wish I could be there to see it again.

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