Friday, February 27, 2015

Back to Base

I believe this phrase is part of baseball terminology?  For my ninth and last challenge of this second cycle, I have made a map quilt. Returning to base - to making a map, the type of quilt I'm currently best known for. I haven't made a map for any of the previous challenges.

It is called Village Green. This has several meanings. The map represents an English village, set within a variety of green fields. The important one though is the village green - the rectangular area surrounded by houses on four sides.  Traditionally, games are played in the village green. The most common one played I believe is cricket. Baseball is not played that much in England, but we have a version of it, Rounders, which is often played by children, sometimes by adults as well. Possibly also rugby and football (soccer) are played there occasionally.  The village green is also used for fairs and festivals; it is a community resource which brings people together.

So here is my map of a place where games are played.  Freehand cut and pieced using hand-dyed fabrics, machine quilted. 18 high by 27 wide.


  1. A wonderful interpretation, Alicia! Beautiful, rich colors. I love your maps and the story that goes with this one.

  2. Yes, I always enjoy the narrative that accompanies your work. We are very fond of village greens. Our town has one too. It is the focus of the community, like yours, fairs, festivals, games, picnics, tours. I really like your interpretation of the challenge.

  3. Thank you Diane and Martha! It is good to have a focus for the community, and that is almost lost in big cities. I live in the smallest city in England, and although it doesn't have a village green as such, we have the open area of the Market Place, and off it, through narrow archways, in one direction there is the huge Cathedral Green - where no games are played unfortunately, but community festivals do take place. In another direction we have a small green, outside of, and by the moat of the Bishop's Palac;, and inside it a free croquet green. which is very well used. The Bishop's Palace and Gardens are beautiful and open to the public, but unfortunately you have to pay to get in. However, many festivals, games, and even open air theatre productions take place there.