Did any of you participate in the Spring 2009 Online Quilt Festival? It features the favorite quilts of nearly 600 bloggers! I got so wrapped up with the virtual quilt show that I missed the deadline for including my own post, but here’s the story of my favorite quilt.
Back in 1991, I could not have been busier. Our family was bursting at the seams of our first tiny house, and we’d decided to sell it by owner. At the same time, we purchased a lot and started construction on a brand new house in a community about 30 miles away. Every waking moment was focused on our kids, a toddler and new baby, showing one house, checking on construction of the other, cleaning, packing, moving, and oh yeah, starting a new quilt!
My local guild sponsored a quilt challenge that year. I’d been too busy to attend the meeting where the project was proposed, but my friend, Laurie, just knew I wouldn't want to miss out on the fun. Unbeknownst to me, she signed me up as her challenge partner.
For my center block, I adapted a pattern from an 1870's quilt, made by Mary Parks Lawrence in Russellville, Kentucky.
When my block was finished, I swapped with Laurie, who designed and stitched the first border of my quilt, as I did hers. We were limited to elements outlined in the challenge rules (rules and deadlines, just what I needed): four patch, nine patch, saw-tooth, dog-tooth, flying geese, appliqué sprays or vines.
I finished the project by hand quilting a 1/2" grid in the center block and a 1" grid in the outer border.
44” x 44”
We hung the finished quilt in our living room so it's the first thing you notice when entering our home. After 16 years on the wall, it's become gently faded, but still serves as a reminder to meet life's challenges with beauty and grace.