The Prodigal Returns

When we make a quilt for magazine publication we kiss it good bye and hope for a safe return.  It is always a joy when the quilts return safe and unharmed.  Often times the quilts are gone so long that we almost forget about them.

Our latest quilt..is one that I didn’t forget about.  I’ve been wanting this quilt back for a long time.  It’s hard to believe that I started sewing the quilt back when we still living in the farm house.  I actually sewed the whole top there.  Later after we moved to this house is when I finally quilted it. At the time I really didn’t intend on it being published.  I was just playing around with fabric.  When it was finished I knew that it was good enough to send in for consideration to be published….and it was. It was featured in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. StairStep- Typically all the quilts that are published are done by both Kelli and I.  This time around this project was all me.  I did the designing, sewing, and machine quilting. It was such a joy when the quilt came home, about 8 months after I had sent it away. stair-step I loved the quilt then and I still love it now.  We got so many comments from readers saying that they really liked the quilt. I love quilts like this…simple-scrappy-repetitive blocks.  They are my favorite to sew.

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I have a home for this one.  It’s going to be hanging out right here at my house.  I really try to limit the number of quilts that I keep so it’s quite an honor for a quilt to be put on the “I will always keep this quilt” list.

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I only have about 8 quilts on the list so it really is a honor.

I am so happy to have this quilt home and with me.  It’s a quilt that I will always be proud of.  I still laugh and laugh when I remember that the quilt started with a bag of about 280 left over red and cream half square triangles.  At the time I had no idea that I’d go on and make many-many more half square triangles.

21 thoughts on “The Prodigal Returns

  1. Connie

    An AWESOME quilt!!! I loved this quilt the second I saw it. Definitely on the “to Make ” list.

  2. Fran

    Beautiful quilt. Are the half square triangles made from different red and cream fabrics or from all the same fabric.

  3. Kim LeMere

    It is gorgeous and I’m glad that I have that magazine. One day it will get done and I love all those half squared triangles……lol

  4. Jo Post author

    It’s all different. When I started making the quilt I was using bonus half square triangles. When I realized I didn’t have enough I went to see if I had more fabric and I didn’t have it of the same color. I decided to just go with whatever I had. I’m glad I did. It cleaned out a bunch of fabric and I love the look in the quilt.

  5. Andi

    i bought this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting because of this quilt. Its on my “to be made” list. Gorgeous, and Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  6. Mary Jo B.

    I also got the magazine with your quilt in it. It is beautiful.
    I am tempted to try to make it, but the number of pieces is daunting. I might make it in a smaller size – maybe a wall hanging. :>)

  7. Darlene Crosby

    I love this quilt too! Such an interesting design, and the colors are perfect. Now I want to make one too, only a bit smaller:)

  8. Jenny M

    I love quilts that are controlled scrappy with only one or two blocks. This one went on my make it list as soon as I saw it in my magazine. Did you make your HST with strips? This is a wonderful quilt and I can’t wait to get started…once I finish one or two other projects.

  9. Dorothy Countryman

    I absolutely love this quilt. So glad you did true scrappy with the red and light HST. Just stunning! Would you consider that to be a queen or a king size quilt?

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