|Jen and Ivo's Wedding Quilt|
Over the next few years I moved several times as I graduated and got married. In each town I found a small local quilt shop and took a class, one to connect the squares into a quilt top with sashing and borders, and finally one to begin hand quilting the layers together.
My (not quite finished) Beginner Quilt
I never quite finished that quilt (really, just one block left to hand quilt and a binding). Although I completed several simpler quilts in recent years as part of the Remembering Rowan Project, I have realized that I prefer creating fabric with hook and yarn rather than depending on a fickle machine (which may or may not work when I sit down to use it).
When designing the quilt-inspired squares for this book, I dug out out my almost finished sampler quilt and studied those blocks for inspiration. Eventually I settled on the 9 squares that went into Jen and Ivo's Wedding Quilt, changing a few of my original squares to fit a traditional quilt block pattern, and adding in several more. Not all of the quilt blocks I sketched out made the cut, but a lot of that had to do with which ones fit into the quilt layouts that inspired many of the afghans.