Funny Things Happened on the Way to Guild
Early in my quilting career I discovered Quilter's Attic in Goodlettsville, TN, the closest local quilt shop at the time. I don't recall where I heard of them but I do remember that in 2001 I purchased the fabric for my first finished quilt (Double Pinwheel) there. That's also where I learned about my first guild from a little brochure next to the cash register. While the shop has changed hands a couple of times, it still thrives in the ancient building that is it's second home.
Bethany Reynolds had just introduced her Magic Stack 'n' Whack technique a few years before and I was intrigued by the kaleidoscopic look of her designs. When a class was being offered at Quilter's Attic, I jumped at the chance.
I must have had the fabric requirements in mind when I purchased the fabric -- a very large calla lily on a dark purple background -- because otherwise I can't imagine why I would have bought such a large amount of such a bold print!
The pattern we used was "Half-Square Triangle Magic" from Bethany's first book. After we mastered the stacking and whacking, construction of the blocks began.
If you've ever done a kaleidoscope quilt you know how addictive it can be, wanting to see how the next block will look.
I had no idea what to use for the background. In fact, the teacher recommended we wait till we had a few blocks mocked up before choosing a background (more sales for the shop!). All I could find that supported the colors in the blocks was a bold yellow with a purple dot in it. Decision made, construction continued.
After I had the blocks made I was auditioning their position in the quilt on the den floor with help from my husband. Since none of these colors was in my home's decor, either then or now, I made the comment that I didn't know WHO could possibly want this quilt. To which my husband replied, "you're not giving that quilt away!"
|Alex's Quilt - Callaliope|
It's been almost 15 years and my husband naps under that quilt every day.
Linking up with Krista Quilts and Jen at A Quarter Inch from the Edge for Throwback Thursday.