For those of us living in Connecticut, the Merritt is more than an aesthetically pleasing parkway. We travel under, over, and through the bridges of this roadway on a weekly if not a daily basis. These bridges connect us to work, to schools, to visits with friends, to shopping, and even to our Saturday morning quilt meetings. They help us get where we need to go and are an intrinsic part of the fabric of life in CT. So what better symbol of inspiration for a modern improv quilt than bridges that connect us, and that push us forward(in this case, in our quilting)? This is where the intent for our ¨Modern Merritt" quilt was born.
|Burr Road Bridge from the Library of Congress archives|
|Getting schooled in improv with intent with Lori|
|The bridge our member Jennifer Greely traveled over for 2 1/2 years to take her daughter to school.|
These iterations just didn´t have the feel we wanted. Then Fate stepped in, in the form of a visit to a museum by Lori, and brought further inspiration. This Stuart Davis painting immediately caught her eye and made her think of our art-deco modern bridge quilt. Instead of using a neutral background, red would prevail. Now the sewing could begin!
|Christine and Maybeth putting blocks together|
In December, the finished top and back were revealed to the guild. It was then off to our very own in-house SCQMG long armer Cheryl Kirk.
We couldn´t be more pleased with how our Modern Merritt has turned out. We will decide which charity to donate it to when it returns to us. We are also pretty sure we will have to travel down the Merritt Parkway to deposit it to the lucky charity whose home is in Connecticut. We will cross that bridge when the time comes.