Saturday, May 4, 2013

Garden Maze

It finally feels like Spring around here... time to celebrate with something fresh and new! Marian Edwards posted this little quilt on her beautiful blog, a must read for anyone interested in antique and reproduction quilts, especially of the small variety.

Marian designed  her quilt using bits and pieces left over from other projects. Hmm... I had similar bits lying around my own sewing room:

a single Dresden Plate block,

a couple of appliqu├ęd flowers,
embellished with buttonhole
stitch embroidery,

and strips of 1930's style fabric.

These particular bits were left over from classes I'd taught. By making my class samples and demo blocks out of 1930's style fabrics,  I easily incorporated them into a new project later on.

Kathy Smith used my pieces to create a miniature 1930's sampler quilt. Of course, she had to add quite a bit to the remnants I gave her, but what a worthwhile effort it was!  She brought new life to what certainly would have remained unused scraps, if left in my care.

Kathy hand quilted simple designs, reminiscent of 1930's quilts.

I've named it "Garden Maze," for the labyrinthine pattern created by the strip pieced blocks. The quilt measures 27” square and is backed with a sweet jonquil print.

Our grand kitty, Gandalf, laid claim to the quilt as we tried to take pictures. I love the way his little tippy toes rest right at the edge.