Monday, August 16, 2010


Welcome to Under the Willow Tree!  I'm thoroughly looking forward to this new endeavor and introducing you to some of the very best friends a girl can have.  

I thought I'd just pop in and show you my first quilt first.  Started just over 20 years ago ... at a time with Seafoam Green and Peach were everywhere, I thought I was being clever by adding a bit of Burgundy.  Now, when I see it hanging (as  it did in front of my house for my "Annual Patchwork in my Garden Party") it looks ok but it really isn't my style any more.  The colors are a blast from the past, the pattern is too predictable and well, muslin?

But it's not like I'll ever part with it either ... it all started my senior year of high school (in fact the last three months).  I was working at the local fabric store and planning to head off to college / Colorado in July.  Well I wanted a quilt.  So I picked out my pattern, knew I wanted an element of scrap and started gathering up fabrics.  My sister helped me get started and then I just got too busy.  I was graduating after all ...  so she finished up the top for me and then had a quilting bee for friends and family to quilt on it.  Then it went to my mom's.  And she had it ... and quilted on it ... for about the next ten years.  When we moved back to the States in 1999 mom gave it to me ... unfortunately in the meantime I had married Axel (um, unfortunately he's so tall, not that I married him - being married to him I am very fortunate) who is 6ft 8in / 203cm.  So ... the quilt is rarely used unless one of us is sick and it gets pulled out to go on the guest bed.  Today I put it on our bed today to get a "real" pic ... didn't take long for Clark to get comfy - but I also realized it fits our bed.  I'm really surprised and guess it just might have to show up there more often.

The details: 
Block:      Ohio Star  (12" / 30.5cm)
Fabrics:   variety of calico prints from the 
               $3.99 flat-folds table
Sashing:  simple muslin
Piecing:   entirely by machine
Quilting:  hand-quilted - group project 
Backing: wide backing, print on peach
Binding:  backing brought around to the front
Size:       84-1/2" x 100-1/2" /  215cm x 255cm

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