Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - A Humble Scrappy Quilt

Let me tell you about my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival going on at Amy's Creative Side.   I've entered my Depression block quilt in the Scrappy category because that is just what it is.

896 HSTs sewn into 56 -12 inch Depression blocks. Finished quilt 84x96. 

This quilt is for the bed in the guest room. It gets pretty darned cold in this old farm house in the winter so I will use it to keep the grandkids warm when they sleep over every other weekend. 

I worked on this off and on for several years. I love Depression blocks and thought frequently of Grandma when I worked on it. She taught me to quilt and she told me many stories of how she survived during the Depression years on a farm in rural Iowa with Grandpa and 5 kids. I've used some of her tips myself during hard times.

I think quilts are meant to be used. I think quilts are meant to keep you warm when you hear the winter winds blowing and whistling outside your bedroom window.  I think quilts are meant to make you smile. 

You never know what things you will see in a scrappy quilt if you look at it up close.  And if you look at it from far away you will see something completely different. 

It is backed in a nice soft flannel blanket I found at the thrift store and simply but adequately quilted on my plain Jane DSM. 


Gerry Krueger said...

This is definitely a HAPPY scrappy quilt and I believe it would fit nicely on my bed...!!! Hugs..

Vic in NH said...

I love just gazing at this quilt because the more I look, the more I see.It should be called the "Anti-Depression Quilt because it makes you feel so happy and content just to look at it!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous scrap use!

CitricSugar said...

Love your use of value and the setting for your HSTs! Great work.

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

What a lovely, happy scrap quilt! Your use of color values is fantastic....great contrast but not repetitive! And it looks so warm and comfy!

Ann Marie said...

I can see why you worked on it for years. All those half-square triangles! Totally worth it to get all those different fabrics into one quilt. Love it.