”]On a recent trip to the Seminole Museum, Ah-Tha-Ti-Ki (A Place to Remember), I saw examples of Seminole patchwork on display. Wanting to learn more about it’s origins, I accessed the museum’s website. The Seminole Quilting Style is very unique. In the early 1900’s the Seminole began making clothing from cotton fabric rather than traditional animal hides and skins. Going once a year to a trading post such as Ted Smallwood’s Store and Trading Post in Chokoloskee Florida, they would trade alligator hides, egret plumes, etc. for supplies including bolts of cotton cloth. This trip took several days.
Needing to be frugal, women would sew the small strips of leftover fabric into larger pieces to be used as decoration (strip clothing). In the early 1900’s hand-cranked sewing machines were used to make clothing. (left). The craft was also used to make doll clothing. (See end of post). Necessity turned into wearable art.!
At the quilt store, Sew Studio in Naples, FL, I found fabric to make a quilt reminiscent of our trip here. The staff was extremely helpful and I came out with a collection of fabric that is colorful and earthy at the same time.
I was able to find some Seminole patterns on-line. The designs are actually very simple and should be easy to work into the pattern, Meadowsweet, from the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. I plan on adding Seminole strips on the top and bottom of the quilt. I can’t wait to get started!
Lucia, Quilting on the Road!There is always time to quilt!