Friday, October 22, 2010

So what happened to the Groom?

Looking at pictures of the original quilt in the book,  the museum has pictures of the original patterns she made.  There was a pattern for the Groom.  What happened to him that he did not make it in the quilt?  Do you think the poor girl got jilted?   Perhaps he died in the war but one would think she would honor him any way....what do you think happen to the Groom?

10 comments:

  1. Now you have set a challenge, I look forward to the first tombstone block.

    PS I love this blog.

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  2. Ouch, Anonymous....

    This is an interesting question, though. I guess most of us assume that the groom fell victim to the Civil War and that she thereafter abandoned the project, which is only a top, as far as I understand, and was never quilted. However, it is a complete top which does not contain the groom, which means she must have had the energy to finish it that far at least and had made the conscious decision to leave him out. This speaks for her being ditched. Does anyone know what her groom block looked like? Can "he" be seen somewhere?

    Maybe we only misinterpret the girl as a bride... Maybe she was a feisty lady who, after attending the Seneca Falls Convention for Women's Rights in 1848 decided to ditch him...?! Maybe an overly modern or feminist way to interpret the quilt but I kind of prefer that idea to the introduction of tombstone blocks....

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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  3. The Groom Is a paper cut out--with his hands out like hers. Not sure if he was going to be in his own block rather holding hands with her. I saw the pattern in the new coffee table book "Quilts - Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum". (which by the way is a wonderful book)-Susan

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  4. Hi Nana,

    cool, I have to see if I can get my hands on the book. Sounds interesting...

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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  5. OK...as someone who grew up in the south (Alabama), I thought a lot about this question when working on my bride quilt. In MY little warped world, this nothern bride-to-be was annoyed by the war postponing her wedding to her beloved gentleman.

    He went south to do his patriotic duty, was injured, nursed back to health by a lonely southern widow. He did return north upon healing from his injuries, but time, distance and new experiences made him realize that he no longer cared for his bride-to-be. He realized that he was in love with his southern angel.

    He told himself, maybe he never really loved his fiancee anyway...only felt pushed into the relationship by a pushy future father-in-law. He returned to the south, married and helped his southern widow fix the plantation, adopted a southern accent, and lived happily ever after.

    The northern bride-to-be, disgusted by this turn of events, bitterly decided that she would finish the top anyway. After all, she had done her best work on the blocks and borders. She decided to remove the groom block and replace it with a block depicting a big bowl of fruit, saving the templates for a future wedding quilt. She lost all interest in the project. After all, she had been to horse races and seen Hannibal the elephant and the collection of exotic birds with her former beloved...how could she finish such a painful reminder? When she did marry, she decided to make a red and green Whig Rose instead.

    OK, OK, I know...but it could of happened...oh, if old quilts could talk...

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  6. Someday I will be making this quilt but for now I'm just reading the blog. From the beginning. That's why I remember I read a lot about the groom I think september 2009. Some of the girls even made up a groom block. If you're interested, you could probably find it.

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  7. Oh, Teresa,

    yes, you have given this extensive thought....
    this is quite a different Cold Mountain story... Write a but more and Harper's will be interested in the publishing it... ;o)

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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  8. Maybe the intended groom is in the quilt - the elephant guy - she made the top but he never came back to claim her as his bride, thus the quilt was never finished???

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  9. Oh Cheri, that is hilarious! Maybe if she really hated him for not coming back, she could have put a jackass (donkey) in there as well! It a good thing applique takes a little while and some effort to do, or maybe many jilted quilters would insert signs of their bitterness in their quilts. That would be an interesting question to ask quilt historian, Barbara Brackman!! With this hobby, you get a chance to "cool down!" (one...two...three..four...)

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  10. Well Teresa, maybe she did: could it be that the two "horses" are intended to be jackasses? LOL

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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