"WITH HEART IN HAND I GIVE YOU MY LOVE"
February is the month of HEARTS AND FLOWERS. . .Who am I to disagree? . .After the gray days of Winter, I'm more than ready to add them to the FARMHOUSE. . .They bring POPS of my favorite COLOR, too. . .RED!!
John started the month out right with the ROSES. . .
and I decided to add the hearts with a JUNKIN' FIND that I simply. . .
Well. . .I simply. . .OK, I'll say it. . .LOVE. . .
It's a striking appliqued piece of FOLK ART that happens to be a QUILT. . .
and I almost missed it!!!
You know those Antique Mall booths that are so piled up that often you just pass on by them?
That's where this piece was discovered. . .
I did pause for a few seconds. . .peeping in before deciding it wasn't worth the effort. . .but I hadn't gone far beyond the next booth when something registered in my mind. . .
I immediately backed up.
Sticking out from an overly full clothes rack was just a SMALL corner of a QUILT with a black backgound. . .Since I have touches of black all around the house, I was curious. . .As I untangled it from jumbled LINENS and 30s quilts, I was delighted at what I saw. . .
Rarely do I purchase anything now without thinking about it for a time. . .
Does it fit into my Plain and Simple Style? Where will I put it? Is it a good price?
No thinking with this FIND. . .I grabbed it up and held it close. . .knowing it was coming HOME with me. . .As I walked around the Mall, others stopped me and asked where I had found such a wonderful quilt? . .I'd smile and hug it closer. . .
Some say the Heart In Hand is Shaker. . .Others attribute it to the Amish. . .and still Others claim an African-American influence. . .Doesn't matter who is right. . .it fits perfectly in the FARMHOUSE. . .and fills the stark wall of white behind one of the sofas with LOVE.
The quality of the workmanship is so nice. . .The HANDS appear to be tracings of actual individuals. . .There are INITIALS on some of the squares. . .I'm certain more than one person made and EMBELLISHED the squares. . .I can almost imagine the different personalities by the story each block tells. . .so CHARMING. . .
Although I have no idea who made this FOLK ART QUILT, I'd like to think it was FAMILY AND FRIENDS who were truly in someone's CIRCLE OF LOVE. . .Sharing their HEARTS IN HANDS. . .
It was only right that I purchased such a special Quilt for our FARMHOUSE CIRCLE OF LOVE. . .
And that. . .I SHARE IT WITH YOU. . .
"WITH HEARTS IN HAND WE SEND OUR LOVE. . ."