tree of drunks, a temperance quilt

by Dorie on November 29, 2015

Tree of Drunks Quilt

This quilt, Tree of Drunks, is the third in a series of temperance quilts I’ve made. With this quilt I was particularly thinking about the temperance movement and relationships. Those who were a part of the temperance movement overlapped with the abolitionists and the women’s rights movement. Calls for social reform in one area inspired activism in others.

I merged two patterns commonly used by temperance quilters (Tree of Life and Drunkard’s Path) into one block. I really love the resulting samara-shaped drunkard and half-square-triangle blocks. (Imagine them falling down from the trees as little helicopters). I wanted to focus on that shape, so I worked in just the two “temperance” colors using Kona white and blue peppered cotton.

Tree of Drunks detail

The beautiful quilting is done by Lynn Carson Harris. I wasn’t exactly sure how to quilt it, and thought that maybe we’d want some play of the quarter circle shape. Lynn came up with a design of interlocking groups of straight lines around varying size quarter circles. I really love it, and I think it suits the quilt perfectly.

Other quilts in this series:


erin November 30, 2015 at 6:52 am

gorgeous, dorie!

Claudia November 30, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Love the sharp graphic nature of this quilt. Would love to see the pattern for the drinking suffragettes!

Melissa Q February 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Wow. This is gorgeous and so unique! March 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Indeed, these are really graphic and beautiful! I love graphic quilts because of the order and this is absolutely awesome! Great job!

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