Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mystery Challenge: George Sand

This round of Mystery Challenge has a theme: Moments and People Throughout History. I was assigned "George Sand", which took me on a different path. Usually I stick to clothing, but after doing some research, I wanted to go a quilting route. I decided to collage some of the things I learned about Sand; things that defined her.

George Sand: born Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin in 1804
French author, feminist, wife, mother, lover
"cross-dresser", risk-taker, line-crosser

Sand wrote prolifically, from novels to political commentary.
She wore men's clothing, claiming it was more comfortable.
She smoked in public, scandalous for the time.

The background is inspired by the French flag. The applique was pieced from strips of two "Paris" themed fabric in the shape of the "female" symbol. I placed it in the "male" symbol's position, to denote Sand's habits of wearing men's clothing and smoking in public, both scandalous for women at the time!

The middle section is sanded twill, with black piping down the center to appear like pages from a book. I scribbled on either side of the "book" - facts about George Sand on one side, quotations attributed to her on the other.

The final piece is a "romantic" background, with the French word for "freedom" superimposed. I wanted to show the feminine side that Sand had, as well as the things she fought for for women through her writings, being a proponent of women's rights and equality.

Fabrics used:
Natural sanded twill from stash
Pepe in Paris, Riley Blake
Paris/floral print, 2011 Brother Sister Design Studio
black and white rose print from stash
solid red broadcloth from stash
navy/white ring print from stash
white tone-on-tone print from stash

"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."

Follow the rest of the Challengers this month for more mini history lessons!

5/27│ Zoe and Ted - Suffragetes
6/3│ Mae & K - TeslaPretty Little Blog - Moon LandingKnot Sew Normal - Lutie Eugenia Sterns


  1. Wow! Love it! Amazing and pretty incredible! I love the center 'book' part!

    1. Thanks!! It was fun to do something other than clothing (and probably easier, I didn't know which way to go with this for a while! Lol!)

  2. That looks really great. I neven tried quilting. I need to now....

    1. Thanks! I'm not very good at it, but it's fun when you don't think too hard about it!

  3. You are so creative!! I love the attention to detail in this project.