The Best Quilt….
…is one you’ve forgotten you have!
I bought this king-size quilt out in Big Bend in 2008. I had never bought a current quilt before, only vintage ones, but I loved the mix of black-and-white fabrics.
When I got it home, it just didn’t go with the Mission style bed, antique dressers and wing chair in my bedroom, so I gave it to my daughter. Six years later, she didn’t need it any more and brought it back. Now that we have downsized, our bedroom is much smaller, and it has only a mid-century modern style bed and two small bookshelves in it. This quilt’s strong but simple pattern gives the room a more unified and interesting look.
And when I am drinking my coffee in the morning, I can study all those different prints until they inspire me to get up and create something of my own!
This is called a calendar quilt – the red blocks stand for Sundays, and the other blocks are the other days of the week. Because the quilter used rows of 19 blocks, the red blocks don’t line up or fall in perfectly predictable diagonals.
I’ve never heard of a calendar quilt–how intriguing. I like that the reds fall randomly. How perfect that it made its way back to you!
I’ve never heard of a calendar quilt but I like this one. The red color really stands out with the black and white prints. I’m sure once you have it around for awhile, it’ll grow on you!
I really love it, especially because it is king size, with plenty of fabric around the edges of the bed. It’s just that I always bought vintage quilts before, so this one really didn’t fit in with pastel double wedding rings, etc. But I do like it.
The quilt is great and the story of it being a calendar quilt is interesting. Learn something new every day! How nice it was passed back from daughter to mother.
I have a chair that was at my house, then my mother-in-law’s, then one daughter’s house, then the other’s, then back to me! Things move to those who need them and/or don’t currently have destructive cats! 🙂
It’s striking! Calendar quilts are new to me too, but wow, what an interesting organizational strategy. This one I am filing away for future experiments….
It would be fun to just pick one square of fabric for each day of a real year, and put them together afterward. Someday…
That’s beautiful. It would be an amazing gift for a parent/friend to memorialize their child’s first year that way – you could incorporate pieces of clothing and blankets too. Another one to file away indeed!
19 squares in 19 rows?
Yes, and that comes out to 361, almost a perfect year! I may add 4 blocks on the back just to have it perfect. With one more on velcro for leap years! 🙂
It’s funny how some quilts always seem to make their way back to you – like that song about the cat. I have a small paper pieced wall hanging that I had gifted to my mother in law. When her estate was broken up it was given back to me. Now I hope to donate it to a quilt auction. We’ll see if that does the trick. And isn’t it great to see how much the setting in which you use a quilt affects how much you like it.
Well, I always liked it – I just have so many quilts I like but most of them are from the 30s, and it just didn’t go with them. But now it has its own room!
It’s nice that your quilt wall hanging came back to you and you can decide where it goes again. There are a couple I wouldn’t mind having back – or at least saving from Good Will!
Interesting, must ask if anyone here has heard of this. Thank you.
I had not heard of it before I saw this quilt either, but I think it’s a neat idea.
Just what I need, an idea for another quilt!
I think it would be fun to do as a journal quilt, just pick one square of fabric to sum up the day, and then eventually put them all together.