I had a feeling that being in lockdown, and spending more time at home, would somehow mean more time for watching telly (and hence more quilt spots) or for learning a new craft or skill, more time for baking, cleaning, and/or gardening. But I was wrong. I don’t have more time; if anything, I have less, as I’m working from home and homeschooling. So I’m not learning a new skill, or baking dozens of cakes, or spending ages in the garden… or watching telly for that matter. So my quilt spots this month are comparable in number to previous months. And this month, it’s just the one. But what a one.
The movie was the gritty drama ‘Mudbound’, based on the novel by Hilary Jordan, set in rural Mississippi from 1939 to the years following World War II. The movie mainly focuses on the lives of two young veterans, one white, one black, Jamie and Ronsel, and the issues they face on their return home, including post traumatic stress and racism. It’s a very powerful and moving story, and also very bleak at times, with some harrowing scenes depicting racial violence.
The other main characters are Jamie’s brother Henry and his young wife Laura, played by Carey Mulligan, who move from the suburbs to the Mississipi Delta to live and work on their new farm.
Laura may have had romantic notions of what life in the country would be like, but these ideas are quickly quashed when she gets there, as the following passage from the book describes:
“… I often felt overwhelmed: by the work and the heat, the mosquitoes and the mud, and most of all, the brutality of rural life. Like most city people, I’d had a ridiculous, goldenlit idea of the country. I’d pictured rain falling softly upon verdant fields, barefoot boys fishing with thistles dangling from their mouths, women quilting in cozy little log cabins while their men smoked corncob pipes on the porch. You have to get closer to the picture to see the wretched shacks scattered throughout those fields, where families clad in ragged flour-sack clothes sleep ten to a room on dirt floors; the hookworm rashes on the boy’s feet and the hideous red pellagra scales on their hands and arms; the bruises on the faces of the women, and the rage and hopelessness in the eyes of the men.” (‘Mudbound’, Hillary Jordan)
I spotted a quilt on the bed in Ronsel’s family’s shack. His dad lies on the bed, incapacitated after a nasty fall, but keeps himself busy making a basket. The quilt on the bed features course dark fabrics, probably scraps from some sort of utility cloth, in reds, blues and cream, with decorative hand stitches sewing the various patches together forming what looks like large radial sunburst patterns.
It’s a hard-hitting story which may not be top of your list of must-see movies at the moment, but well worth seeing at some point.
Have you spotted any quilts in movies, series or on the telly? Let me know! Share your spots with me.
Till next time!