10.28.2010

West Side Baby Quilt

 Cincinnati is all about Eastside vs. Westside.  The east side of Cincy is thought of as the snooty side - money.  West side is salt of the earth, blue collar Catholic. Westsiders tend to stay on the west side - they typically grow up there, live either next door to or buy their parent's homes, and then they die there. The Westside has its own dialect - "th" at the beginning of a word is pronounced as a "d" sound.  "The" sounds like "duh" and "there" sounds like "dare". My friend Paul is a former Westsider and his baby sister is having her first baby.  His wife Julie asked me to make a quilt for her.  I feel like I have to tell this story..

Paul's dad is the principal at Elder High School - THE boys' high school on the Westside. He's been the principal there for nearly three decades. Elder's school colors are Royal Purple and White. Purple is a big deal in Paul's family. Everything is purple - clothing, blankets, dishtowels - you name it. Purple.

Then there's the girls' high schools - are you a Mercy girl or are you a Seton girl? Paul's sister went to Seton.  School colors? Kelly green and white. 

In Cincinnati, you are judged by where you went to high school - not college. Catholic?  Country? City? Where you went to high school says a lot about you, a lot about your family. That's the idea anyway. People are very loyal to their high school - usually until death.

So when Julie asked me to make a quilt, she, of course, asked me to customize it a bit.

"Can you put both purple and green in this quilt?  Maybe like the borders or the outer fabric?" (translation: binding)

Um, I guess so. 

These are the blocks so far.  Loving it!  My inner artist is struggling to figure out where to put the purple and green.  Maybe the backing?

5 comments:

  1. What do you think about purple on one side of the back, green on the other, separated by one of those scrappy lines from the front?

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  2. I think that might work! Maybe break it up with a little white or gray?

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  3. Hey Andie!
    Love the quilt so far - you'll have to bring to guild!

    You mentioned that Paul's sister went to Mercy? Their colors are blue and white - Seton is green and white. It would be quite a Westside faux pas if you put *GASP* green on her quilt in honor of her high school ;)
    Take it from a lifelong westsider :)

    Though, my husband went to Elder - he owns absoultely NO purple and doesn't even like it in the house. We like to go against the grain LOL. To make matters worse, he became a teacher and works in Oak Hills (my alma mater). We're stricly red and black now!

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  4. Did I put Mercy? I meant Seton!! Duh! Yeah, I went to HS in neutral territory - north in Wyoming. I'm not completely hip to the ins and outs of Westside-isms.

    That's funny about Elder and your husband! He's the first Elder alum I've met who has shrugged off the Purple Nation pride. I won't tell Mr. Otten...

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