Willimantic is from a Native American word for "land of swift running water". The town's industrial base in 1828 was the cotton thread industry. By that year the town was home to 6 cotton factories. Willimantic was once home to the American Thread Company, which was once the largest employer in the the state, and one of the largest producers of thread in the world.
The spool is made from vintage linen. The ends of the spool are the same fabric that has been painted. Raw edge appliqué was used to affix the label to the top of the spool. The spool was then stitched onto a piece of my own hand-dyed fabric made by using Carol R. Eaton's ice dying technique www.carolreatondesigns.com
This block along with dozens of others created by SAQA-CT members will be incorporated into the show quilt. Check back for more information on this exhibit.