Let’s get this new year started out with the quilt that moved me into my “monthly quilt series”.
When I first started quilting, I really needed a REASON to make a quilt….not like now when I will make one simply because I want to!!!
Our house didn’t have lots of wall space so hanging a bunch of wall hangings just wasn’t in the plans. So, I got to thinking about having one area (in the entryway) where I could hang a different quilt every month. You see what I did there…..I could make TWELVE quilts and still have a purpose for them!!!
And, to make it even more special, I wanted a surface underneath that I could decorate to match the quilt!! A friend of ours was a woodworker and he built this pie safe to match my specifications (mainly that it be tall enough that I could hang a 30-36 inch quilt above it)…..
But back to the quilt!!
One day I was drooling in my local quilt shop and saw this wonderful fabric….
I immediately thought of the term “Winter Blues” and the quilt seed was planted!! If I remember, the pattern came from one of the Trudie Hughes books about template free quilts (my introduction to rotary cutting).
I loved the way it looked……
The quilt was 34 inches square and I made it it 1994….over TWENTY FIVE years ago.
As my kids went thru school, I often did talks to classes about the art of quilting and this quilt was the one that I used to start my presentation. I would start by showing the various shapes of fabrics…..
…..and then show how these shapes were used to form the different blocks…..
…..and then I could show them a quilt that contained a four-patch…..
…..puss in the corner…..
….and square in a square……
The quilt is proudly displayed every January…..
….and makes a great start to the new year!!!