A variety of natural dyed fabrics are intermixed with alternating vintage fabrics. Every strip of fabric excluding the bright peach and turquoise strips have achieved color from natural dyes brewed right here in my kitchen. Fabrics used in this quilt include raw silk also know as silk noll, and many different woven cotton fabrics. This quasi-linear design is assembled in a traditional strip quilt fashion, entirely hand quilted and framed with a double fold binding. The fabric for the binding and the cotton thread used for quilting have both been permanently dyed using red onion skins.
This quilt represents the state of Delaware through the use of color and slender strips of fabric. The turquoise used in the quilt is a play on the state bird, the Blue Hen Chicken. The peach fabrics represent the state tree, the peach blossom. The naturally dyed fabrics represent the several groups of Native Americans who first inhabited the land, including the Lenape in the north and Nanticoke in the south.
Delaware is the eighth crib quilt in the 50 American States Series. Inspired by Abstract American Strip Quilts. This quilt is entirely color fast, meaning all the colors remain permanent through out laundering and normal use. Due to it's high quality handmade craftsmanship the quilt is destin to become a family heirloom, passed down through many generations. You can read the story behind the making of this quilt here!
43 inches by 55 inches