Quilt Spot October 2019

October has been a bumper month for ‘quilt spots’, with quilts spotted in FIVE different movies!

First up, ‘The Company You Keep’, a political thriller directed by and starring Robert Redford, together with a cast that makes it sound promising, including Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie and Shia LaBeouf.

Was it any good? I don’t know.

I kept getting interrupted by my youngest daughter, who had invited a friend round for a sleepover, taking over the living room, and hogging the telly, which meant I was relegated to the kitchen, where I sat alone at the breakfast bar to watch the movie on my phone…

I spotted a quilt a few minutes into the film, folded over the foot of a bed, and made of simple square patches. Not sure if there were any more in the movie as I kind of lost track of the story and what I was watching…

Quilt Spot: The Company We Keep

Next is a movie I’ve seen a number of times and which grows on me with every viewing: ‘Dirty Dancing’.

I didn’t rate it when it first came out, though I know it’s widely regarded as a classic. The movie is, of course, more than just about the dancing, for which it is famed for, but also, and perhaps more so, about growing up, finding out who you are and what you stand for.

I also think that Jennifer Grey’s (Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman) acting is far superior to that of Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle). Even her dancing… Sorry Swayze fans…

The quilt I spotted was folded over a balcony balustrade – it’s in the background, so not very clear, and who knows, it might not even be a quilt, but given the large irregular rectangular patches of different colours and patterns, it’s likely that it is. You see, this movie just keeps getting better and better…

Quilt Spot: Dirty Dancing

And then there was another viewing of ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, prompted by just having finished reading the book which was my book club’s choice for October.

I’d seen the film earlier in the year, and I enjoyed both the film and the book. However, on watching the movie again, I was reminded of how different it is to the book. I wonder what makes film directors, producers and/or screenwriters change details of the stories/books they are adapting to the screen? Both are good in their own right, though the changes seem unnecessary.

On seeing the movie again, I was pleased to spot a number of quilts I had somehow not spotted originally. Perhaps all these months of ‘quilt spotting’ have trained my eyes well and have sharpened my vision…

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone on me to capture images of the quilts, so there are no new images here. If I see it again, I’ll be sure to take some piccies!

Quilt Spot: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

October is also the month of Halloween, so it could not go by without a couple of ‘spooky’ movies. Bearing in mind the age of our youngest, only 8, the offerings this year were ‘Ghost’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’, both of which I’ve seen before a number of times but had never really noticed the quilts till now.

‘Ghost’ is another classic starring Patrick Swayze (and in this role, I think he’s fab) and Demi Moore. It’s a romantic fantasy thriller which is at the same time both funny and sad. Demi’s character Molly is a potter and the flat she shares with her on-screen boyfriend Sam (played by Patrick) is full of artistic pieces, including an old sofa which is covered with three old quilts.

The quilt on the back of the sofa is made of what looks like square patches of shirt fabric separated by blue sashing. The sides of the sofa are also draped with quilts. On one side there seems to be a yellow and white/cream whole-cloth and on the other – it’s hard to tell as you can only see a fraction – a quilt that seems to be made of small patches featuring mainly (floral?) pinks and reds.

Quilt Spot: Ghost

And finally ‘Sleepy Hollow’, which is a gothic supernatural horror based on a shorty story by Washington Irving. Set in the late 1700s, the main character police constable Icahbod Crane, played by Johnny Depp, travels to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders which are said to be carried out by a Headless Horseman. At first he refuses to believe the story until he sees for himself the villain decapitating one of the villagers.

Terrified, he is later seen sheltering in his bed, clutching tightly on to the patchwork quilt (you see, they always bring comfort…) and warning others of what they have been telling him all along. The quilt itself is made up of dark coloured triangular patches set against a paler background.

Quilt Spot: Sleepy Hollow

Wow! That was certainly a bumper month for ‘spots’. Have you seen any in movies or on the telly? I’d love to know. Drop me a line and share your spots with me.

Till next time!

Mel x

Check out my previous quilt spots: January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019 and a review of my quilt spots in 2018. And click here for a review of my 2018 quilting adventures.

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Melony Patch

Patchwork quilter into all things crafty and homely, and with an interest in mental well-being.

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