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The impetus for this project was a small photo of a quilt on a bed that caught my eye in something I was reading (a newspaper, perhaps?). I cut it out and ruminated for sometime on the concept of a quilt make from large blocks. The quilt in the photo comprised a random arrangement of squares and rectangles that appeared to be about 20” across.

I started pulling out small-print florals from my stash and putting them aside for this quilt. The more I thought about it, it occurred to me that I could do something more interesting than simple squares and rectangles.

While leafing through Mary Ellen Hopkins’ The It’s Okay if You Sit on My Quilt Book (1989), which is brimming with block ideas made from different arrangements of strips, squares and triangles, I zeroed in on a block she calls “Amish Pinwheel”.

There are so many things you can do with half-square triangles, and this block is just one example. It’s made from 8 half-square triangle blocks, with a rectangle of the background colour added to each corner. Each finished block is 18” square. Image

The traditional Amish quilt always features solid fabrics, not florals. So I am hesitant to call these blocks Amish pinwheels. Yet it is not your typical pinwheel block.

I checked on Flickr and only found one example similar to this block, and the maker called it “Dancing Pinwheel”.

Because it is intended as a summer quilt, I opted to use flannelette for the batting to keep it light.

The quilt measures 67” x 90” and I did simple machine quilting in neutral colours. My intention was to have the quilting disappear, and just do its job (holding the layers together). The binding is made from an assortment of leftover fabric.

The result is a “vintage” look quilt. That sounds so much more sophisticated than “old-fashioned”, don’t you think?

Numerous people have asked me “Who it is for?”  It’s for me!

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As quilters, we cannot help but be attracted to colour and pattern in textiles, can we? I gave up using kleenex years ago, using handkerchiefs instead for the runny nose that I get from allergies or just breathing cold air in the winter. I’ll relent and buy a box of kleenex if I get a cold, but for day-to-day needs, I rely on hankies.

Being a genuine tree-hugger and having my consciousness raised by both Greenpeace and Bridget Stutchbury, I cannot rationalize supporting forest destruction just to blow my nose.

vintage hankies given a new lease on life

My first set of hankies were plain organic cotton ones made in BC and sold at Grassroots, which back then was the only store in Toronto selling eco-friendly wares. But in the last couple of years, I’ve been keeping an eye out for vintage hankies at second-hand stores, and have acquired some beauties.

So cute!

I love it when my environmental, practical and artistic proclivities converge, and this is one of those instances.

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