If you're looking for a great idea for
a small group activity,
here's a good one.
It's called 4 by 4.
Four members bring
4 quilts and talk about
their quilting journey.
It's a great way to learn new things
about quilting in general,
get inspired and
of course, a fantastic way to get
to know your members better.
This week I was one of the 4
in my Quilt Therapy group
sharing a bit of our quilt history.
This is one of the quilts I brought.
42" X 42"
I just had to take a photo of the quilt as a horse blanket.
One of the funniest requests I had
when I worked at the quilt shop was
" Do you have a quilt pattern to make
a HORSE BLANKET!"
This quilt was made
using fabrics from an early line
of Jinny Beyers when she was just
beginning to design fabrics for VIP.
Her beautiful quilts and
fabric designs were and continue to influence
quilters to explore interesting and creative ways
to use fabrics to create secondary patterns
within the blocks.
Now this might seem
but with her India-inspired designs,
complicated border prints,
and rich colors it was pretty new for
many quilters, including me
way back when.
One of my few claims to fame
was having this quilt included in
I had seen the theatrical performance
of "The Quilters"
and had used this variation of a kaleidoscope
pattern to represent the movement
of women's skirts being blown
by the ceaseless prairie winds.
These brave women's lives
were filled both with hardships and joys
and that's what I tried to show.
I hope that one day
you get to be part of a 4 by 4 presentation.
It's good for us to dig back
into our quilt piles
and rediscover our quilting roots.
You might be surprised
and even impressed to
see where you have journeyed.
Until Next Time-