This quilt was was made by Erin Lee Gafill. Erin and I met when I landed at her home for a book party to celebrate the publication of Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color, her uncle Kaffe's autobiography (of which I was the lucky editor). I remember Erin telling me at the time that some of the fabric came from old silk kimonos that belonged to her grandmother, Lolly Fassett (Kaffe's mother). When I recently emailed and asked her to refresh my memory with more details, she wrote back quickly with the following:
Re: the hatbox quilt.
Kaffe's pattern. My grandmother's stash of fabrics going back decades. Samples from my friend Mary Belle's dressmaking business; Toots Pierre is her line. The polka dots are new, a little crazy, but dashing I thought! You can't be wimpy when you know Kaffe will be looking!
I worked square by square for many years, maybe five.
At least three!
Between carpool and painting class, writing and keeping house, teaching and mothering.
Eventually it was done.