Saturday, May 4, 2013

Garden Maze

I’ve got a new springtime quilt to share. It's inspired by one made by Marian Edwards, whose beautiful blog is a must read for anyone interested in antique and reproduction quilts, especially of the small variety.

What struck me most about Marian's little quilt was that it was made from bits and pieces left over from other quilt projects. I had similar bits laying around my own sewing room:

a single Dresden Plate block,

a couple appliqu├ęd flower blocks,

and some precut strips of fabric.

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It just so happened my “bits” were all made from 1930’s prints; they begged to go into the same little quilt. 

Where I got the gumption to ask a friend to assemble these oddments for me, I'll never know! I can be quite shameless when the creative spirit moves me. Kathy Smith took up the task, adding her own special touches like the blue and lavender flowers, Rail Fence blocks, and lovely hand quilting. She basically made the whole quilt herself. What a buddy!

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

I never could bear cutting into this jonquil fabric, so it’s nice having a big piece of it to admire on the back of the quilt.

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


  1. Oh, Diane...I am so happy that you have posted. I hate your MS...not nice at all. The quilt with the Dresdan is darling as is your kitty. Hang in there..sending hugs.

  2. love the little 'random sampler' doll quilts~!
    I went for a quick visit to Marian Edwards that didn't turn out to be so quick . . . a wonderful blog that is now on my own sidebar. thank you for sharing.

    in reference to your MS; i am so sorry that it's taken so much from you and i do understand the frustration of getting those stars and planets to align. i've enjoyed this newest post from you.


  3. What a wonderful little quilt. Hope that maybe you are able to share with grandkitty - they do love quilts so very much *s*

  4. this quilt is adorable and so is your kitty. How nice to use up some bits and bobs that are hanging around. Hope your MS calms down soon so you can enjoy spring!

  5. Completely sweet and charming! I'm so glad that quilting by proxy is giving you such pleasure--especially when your MS is not! My kitty always manages to find the exact center of the quilt for her inspection portion of the quilt making :)