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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!!


Diane H said...

Hi, Liz. So we are under the same rain clouds!
What a lovely story about your quilt - it gets right to the heart of what real quilting is all about.

Quiltbenaco said...

E' molto delicata la tua trapunta,
mi piace tantissimo!

Barb said...

What a lovely quilt!

Anonymous said...

Nice story!
I totally know where you are coming from. We bought our cottage in August 2001 and so understand needing to *do* something* with constant company.... Right now, I am studying all the quilts, looking for inspiration, for *anything* to get me through the cottage months. LOL! You know what I'm talking about!
And hand quilting? You know you and I and only enough to fill one hand have submitted their hand quilteds, thus far, so hats off to us! Woo Hoo!
It's lovely! Glad to hear you are still enjoying it after the cottage years!
Maybe I'll submit my *cottage* quilt next year!

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the colors.

stitchinpenny said...

Isn't it funny how you always have company at your vacation home.

Dolly said...

Your quilt is pretty, and best of all, does what a quilt SHOULD holds lots of special memories !

Karen said...

What lovely memories this quilt holds for you. Pleased to hear it has found a new home with you after selling the cottage.