Saturday, May 4, 2013

Garden Maze

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

Marian made her little quilt with bits and pieces left over from other quilt projects. I had similar bits lying around my own sewing room:

a single Dresden Plate block,

a couple appliqu├ęd flower blocks,

and some strips of 1930's fabric.

These bits were left over from classes I taught. If you make a lot of class samples or demo blocks, try making them from similar styles of fabric. That way, they can be used together in a future project, rather than collect dust your sewing space. My choice of 1930's fabrics was a simple one; anything made with these prints looks sweet and cheerful.

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

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

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 tried to take pictures. I love the way his little tippy toes rest right at the edge. 

I hope Spring has sprung where you are. Happy May Day!


  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 :)