Yesterday was Veterans’ Day and many of us spent at least part of our day offering remembrance and thanks to the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces. My own dad served in the Army and was stationed on Johnston Island, where he was witness to some of the nuclear weapons tests on Eniwetok Atoll, and my brother was in the U.S. Navy for nine years. I am very grateful to them both for their service.
Yesterday was also Nigel Tufnel Day. I hope everyone turned it up to eleven. I know I did.
Quilt and Blog Post of the Week
Elizabeth says, in her post about this quilt, that it was “based on some doodles my late father used to draw. It reminds me of him, and makes me feel close to him, even though he’s been gone for several years now.” I love how this quilt takes us on a winding path from colored square to colored square, and how at first it appears random until you see the pattern of the blocks slowly emerge. The use of different tones of the same color in the squares and in the grey path gives the quilt a dynamic quality it wouldn’t have had without them. But it’s also a pattern that leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and I can’t help glancing over at my stash as I write this and wondering how this or that stack of fat quarters would look.
And I can try it out, because Elizabeth has published the pattern, her very first. Yep, we may be looking at the next quilt design star here, folks. You can buy it at Patternspot.com as a downloadable PDF for $8.00. Instant gratification!
And that’s why I chose her post, in which she debuted the quilt and announced the availability of the pattern, to be Blog Post of the Week. Because how cool is it that someone who has only been quilting for a few years can put her maiden effort out into the world and we get to see it happen? That never ceases to amaze me, and is why I love this virtual quilting world so much.