Elizabeth sent me a scrap from her stash of this apple green dot fabric (below), and it was perfect. Thanks, E.!
I just need to add the last 4 strips and I'll have the top reassembled. Here is a glimpse of the sashing/border fabric. Fun, huh? Somehow, it seems to tie all the disparate blocks together. At least, to me it does.
It reminded me of the artwork of Piet Mondrian when I saw it. But as I worked with it more today, I realized I could have been channeling something else I'd been reminded of recently, during the 50 Years of Freedom Machines gathering I attended a couple weekends ago.
Did you know John Deere, in 1969, made lawn and garden tractors in other colors? They were known as the custom color line, or patio series. Perhaps not so ironically, that's about the time grandma was making this quilt I'm redoing.
This is the stuff I grew up around. Dad worked for Deere in the sales department, parts department, and as a supervisor. He brought home miniature toy versions of these tractors for us kids to play with back in the day. I loved them! Unfortunately, Barbie didn't really fit on it, but we imagined she did as we drove her around with her long rubbery legs angled up over the hood.
Unfortunately, the custom colors didn't last long before it was back to trademark JD yellow and green. If you've got one of these, or one of the toys, you've got a collectible on your hands.
On a base of Dogwood White, the patio tractors came in Sunset Orange, Spruce Blue, April Yellow, and Patio Red. Reading these old ads, they were obviously marketed toward "the ladies." I guess whatever it took to get your wife to mow the lawn! "Freedom Machines" indeed!
I can't help but imagine the "Mad Men" of advertising coming up with this campaign.
Seriously, though, 50 Years of Freedom Machines was quite an event. Since Dad was one of a handful of salesmen to introduce the first JD lawn and garden tractor to dealerships across the country (he had the Ohio region), he spoke at a special retiree session about his experience (on the far right below). Interesting stuff!
|JD Retiree Sessions - 50 Years Celebration|
Back with quilt talk and a finished top soon!