Monday, December 7, 2009

Catarina´s Quilt #1: Fuxico

My auntie Catarina has made many patchwork quilts. This is one one of my favourites. The flowers are made from circles that are sewn around the edges, gathered to the center and then finished with another smaller solid circle of a different fabric. Normally the flowers are a lot simpler and don´t have the extra center. It is thought that this technique originated in colonial Brazil and was the creation of enslaved African women. At the end of their days work they would gather to sew and talk. Hence the name given to these fabric flowers is "fuxico", a Brazilian word that means "to gossip".

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