Every quilt has a story and this quilt first appeared to me four years ago. Little did I know it would end up on my kitchen counter in 2012?
In 2008 I saw this quilt in APQ, in the back where they feature a special quilt with a teaser paragraph. It is a stunning quilt and I was hoping to learn more about it. I ripped the page out... Time passed...and I went on to other projects.
In 2010 we moved to a new house (so a new sewing space) and this is one of the clippings I pulled out and put up for inspiration.
|Pulling for my project|
In 2011 I attended the AQSG seminar in Cherry Hill and sat mesmerized at Show 'N Tell Night as amazing quilts paraded across the stage.
Guess what? It was there!
At this time I still had not met Ann, and hadn't connected her to Notes From The Quilt Lab Blog.
Through the course of the week I was able to meet Ann, see more pieces from her fabulous collection and 'talk quilts'.
|Solids and prints - some fussy cutting|
My theory is Catherine's Garden and Calico Paradise have much in common...the center focus, four corner features, botanical emphasis... more on this in a future post.
The quilt is now fully patterned and available in our Etsy shop.
Finished size is about 80 x 90 (depending on how you decide to do the final border).
Fabrics were narrow in 1860 - the maker probable split two lengths in half. Today we might prefer to split 42/44 into fourths. Fun for us to decide.
It's faded now - but you can see hints of it's former vibrancy.
Have a great week - I hope you are steeped in collaboration - I will be!