Hope Chest

Art quilt Hope Chest, by Suzann Thompson, features vintage crochet and will be in the Celebrate Doilies exhibit, July-September 2017.

Hope Chest, ©2017 by Suzann Thompson

11 x 16″

Patchwork, quilting, crochet, appliqué, embellishment; cotton fabrics and threads and binding, vintage crochet items, vintage quilt fragments, buttons, beads

 Detail of art quilt Hope Chest, by Suzann Thompson, which will be in the Celebrate Doilies exhibit, July-September 2017

My friend Sonja cleaned out her stash of crafting supplies and brought some things to share with our Tuesday morning quilting group. I went home with four hand-pieced 9-patch squares and a tea towel which had a filet crochet panel with the name “Effie.”

“Who was Effie?” I wondered.

Effie was a name popular in the late 1800s, and it was often a nickname for girls named Euphemia, which means “pleasant voice.” I imagined Effie working on household items for her hope chest. My imaginary Effie had her eye on a young man named Walter.

Hope Chest tells about Effie’s hope for a life with Walter, full of love, children, and pretty things. The heart-shaped doily crocheted by Sandi Horton’s mother fit perfectly into the story.

Hope Chest is available for purchase, with delivery in November 2017. Please contact Suzann at knitandcrochetwithsuzann@outlook.com for a list of wall hanging prices.