I have a regular feature here on the blog. We have free patterns listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines. We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style. The blog series features YOUR quilts made with our designs. We love the series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.
I had a lovely email from MaryAnn.
“I have read your blog for years. I enjoy all that you do, so thank you very much. I found the discussion on adding blocks to the back of quilts very interesting. I have often done so. When sorting through the stack of my completed baby quilts, I came across this one. Here is the front (and back) of a variation of your quilt, Points of Interest, that was published in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2017.
I think the blocks on the back make it more interesting, and it definitely helps me by extending the backing to be large enough.”
Oh my, I love your version MaryAnn. I do like seeing interesting backings on quilts and yours is fabulous. There are several awesome reasons to piece backings including:
-interest. It makes the back look so much more interesting.
-use some of those “why did I buy that” pieces of fabric.
-extends the fabric you have. For example, if you need five yards for the backing but only have 4 1/2, the piecing can allow you to use that up.
-you can use up extra blocks or orphan blocks
-you can add a fun novelty print that will make a gifted quilt more personal.
Long ago, I often used muslin on backings…I don’t do that anymore. Backings can be so fun.
Now about the quilt, MaryAnn’s used our Points of Interest design. It was featured in this
edition of American Patchwork and Quilting.
Here it is laid out.
This has been a very popular pattern. Kelli and I taught this quilt at a retreat. It was so fun as we were able to see everyone’s own take on it.
There was every to black backgrounds to 30’s prints. All were so fun!
The border and blocks do not involve inset seams even though they look like they might.
All People Quilt- which is where American Patchwork and Quilting have their website, is where you can find back issues of their issues. Here is the link if you are interested in getting a copy of the magazine.
Thanks so much for sharing your quilt with us MaryAnn. I love revisiting our old designs and seeing your take on them!!
Before you go, I have one more thing.
Linda S wrote to me and would like some info on this quilt…
Linda writes: “I’m really sorry to trouble you about this, but I can’t stop thinking about this quilt, and I can’t find it again on your blog, which is where it came from, to begin with. What in the world makes that red star on the bottom right stand out so?? If you can direct me to the instructions, name of quilt, book, publication, or whatever, it would help me.”
If you know any information on this quilt, please leave a comment for Linda in the comment section.
…and another blog reader is searching for the Civil War Tribute pattern or kit. Do you have one you’d be willing to part with? That is this quilt…
If you have the pattern, I believe it would be okay to copy it and pass it on as the pattern is no longer in print. I am sure Vickie would be willing to pay for the cost of copying and the postage to get the pattern to her. Does anyone have it??
If you do, please leave a comment in the comment section.