Sunday, April 28, 2013

April News

April has been a productive month so far, with two quilts completed, (see photos below), one more just about finished and two more tops completed and waiting to be basted together and quilted.

This baby quilt is for my grand-niece Laura, who is expecting a baby boy at the end of May.  Most of the motifs in this quilt are from a pattern originally published in the 1930s called the Brother Quilt. They were used in a quilt made for her grandfather (my brother) by my namesake Ada Parks. I used some of them in a quilt for my son and then in a baby quilt for Laura, who still has her own much-loved baby-quilt. Now the fourth generation baby will have some of the same patterns in his quilt. But he has his own special and original block as well. Laura and her husband live in Nunavut, in the far north of Canada, so I designed a block with a nanuq (polar bear) in it just for him.

This quilt was made for a friend who wanted a pink and green quilt. The pattern, called Christmas Cactus, was designed by Carol Dawson and published as part of The Quiltmaker  Pattern Collection in 2005. I've had this pattern for a few years and was happy to have a reason to finally make the quilt.

Check in next month for a report on the other three works in progress.