I know there are only a few days left of Park City Girl Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival, but I finally got a few moments for a blog post and am going to use them to join in the fun!
The quilt I am showing is a Triple Rainbow Four-Patch that I made last year, for an online friend in a craft swap. She is a real gem and always puts a ray of sunshine in everybody's day, so it was a joy to surprise her with this throw. She moved while the swap was underway, so the quilt arrived as she was unpacking, and I believe ended up being the centerpiece of her new living room. Now that our kids are older, we're not around the same online community as much any more, but I often think of her and hope that this quilt is still lighting up her day with good memories and a smile!
This quilt was inspired by a scrappy reproduction version in an American Patchwork & Quilting book. When I saw it, I had a vision of it in a rainbow, barn raising layout and thought of my friend. While I used a lot of scraps in this quilt, I was pretty new to quilting at the time, and had to supplement my stash to get the range of fabrics and colors I needed. It ended up having more than 60 fabrics and almost 2,000 individual squares! Since then, I have used up many of the fabrics (aw, there's the last of that bit from the Rainbow Triple Four-Patch...) but some of them are still in my stash and getting regular use. It's fun how being a scrap quilter helps to weave the memories and stories of each fabric's quilt of origin into other projects. It's just one more way that quilting connects the past with the future for me.
I'm enjoying seeing the work of other quilters in the Festival whose blogs I would not have discovered otherwise. I haven't had a chance to look at all of the participants yet, but I was particularly touched by Mrs Moen's quilt that she made to commemorate her daughter's struggle with anorexia. I'm looking forward to getting to see more of the quilts in the festival!