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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Amy's Creative Side - Quilt Blogger's Spring Festival - The Cottage Quilt

Thanks, Amy, for hosting this festival again! This is so much fun!

In a previous post, I mentioned that my first quilt (as a grownup!!) was made at our cottage. I don't recall now why I selected this design, or what made me decide that now this quilt had to happen. I do know I started it in the fall of 2001. We bought our cottage in May of 2001, and I knew I wanted to spend time up there on my own. I also knew I didn't want to read all the time I was there, with guests - very anti social. I wanted something I could do while we had guests, so I could keep my hands busy and still be part of the group. I spent, well, maybe 2 hours in the LQS picking fabric. I didn't think about polyester VS cotton, or designer lines - i just went for colour. I cut out the same amount of squares from each fabric, and after I pieced all the 4 patches, my husband and I put it all together. My husband then bought me a quilt frame for Christmas 2002...and it took me 3 years to hand quilt this queen size quilt. Don't look at the binding too closely - well, OK, go ahead, do. It's something I've been working on improving since this quilt. I have made great strides in binding technique. Couldn't have gotten worse!

My husband and I slept under this quilt at our cottage, and when we sold the cottage, we moved it our bed at home. We sleep under it every night. The colours make me happy, and it evokes very fond memories of our very special cottaging period in our life.

Pattern: Four-Patch, from Diana McClun and Laura Nownes ( from "Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts!", published by C&T Publishing, 1993. The all over the place, with a pretty traditional slant.
Machine pieced, hand quilted.

I managed to find a space between all the rain today to hang it outside and take pictures!!