I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
Thanks to everyone who has added links to their red and white quilts and also to those who have commented! I am thoroughly enjoying seeing your treasures and reading their stories. You can link to the post with the Red and White online exhibit HERE. Remember, you can keep adding quilts through March 30.
I am posting the quilt above for Laura (no blog). This quilt was designed by Susan Emory of Quilter's Corner in Midlothian Virginia and was featured on the cover of Quilt Sampler Magazine, Fall/Winter 2008. The pattern is called 'Making History' and combines two old blocks: Martha Washington star and sawtooth star. Laura first saw this quilt in Quilter's Corner the summer of 2008. It was made in blue and white (Alex Anderson's Never Enough Romance fabric). The quilt was striking, but she had no need for a blue and white quilt. The ladies in the quilt shop were very excited because this pattern was going to be featured on the cover of Quilt Sampler Magazine.
Laura usually designs her own quilts and picks her own colors, but when she saw the magazine cover, she knew the red and white quilt would be perfect for her mother-in-law. Her bedroom has red carpet and white walls. She has everything she needs and is very difficult to buy gifts for, so she decided to make this quilt for her for Christmas. This quilt is the first quilt she made using Eleanor Burn's Quilt In a Day flying geese ruler and triangle square up ruler. Paura says these rulers helped to match the points up and also made the piecing go fast. She was afraid that making a two-color quilt would be boring, but learning to use the new rulers and having a variety of red prints helped keep the piecing interesting. The quilt was professionally quilted by Valerie Schlake of A Needle Runs Through It in Maidens, Virginia has wool batting. Laura also made pillow cases and quilted pillow shams (with zippers in the back) to match the quilt.
Laura's mother-in-law loves the quilt. She put it on her bed the day she got it, and she went out and got new curtains to match the it. She says she tries to give handmade gifts only to those people who I think will appreciate the time and work I put into them, and I know my mother-in-law truly loved her gift.
I think this is a wonderful gift and I am so glad Laura's mother-in-law loves the quilt and the work she put into the quilt. Thanks, Laura, for letting me share this quilt for you!