I moved from Washington to Tennessee years back. I love Tennessee, but I wish I could be closer to family and my longtime friends. I really wish I could be closer to my mom. My mom has a friend named Bob. He has become a part of our family. One day he got sick and had to go to the hospital. He was taken to a hospital in area that my mom was not familiar with. My friend Rena took my mom to the hospital. It was so nice of her to do that. I immediately started making her a quilt.
This has been the hardest quilt for me to make. It took me forever to figure it out. I wanted to make a Star of Bethlehem quilt. It didn’t take me long to figure out I had the wrong diamond shape. Then I thought I would work with stars that would work with what I had, but I didn’t like how that was looking. I cut it all apart and started doing a log cabin quilt, but that started going south. It started to buckle in the middle, and wouldn’t lay flat. I cut that apart, and finally it started to come together.
Rena practices meditation. She has been following the path of Eastern Philosophy. I wanted the quilt to have an Eastern feel to it. With the front and the back I tried to incorporate all the chakra colors. I couldn’t figure out how to get purple in it. Purple was my final issue. Forgoing purple was the only option to making it work.
The Fabric Studio, here in Nashville, had a modern quilt show last night. It was my first quilt in a show. It’s not my most modern quilt, but the only one I haven’t given away yet. It was good for me to get out, and involved. I loved the other quilts. There seemed to be an interesting group of ladies there. Unfortunately, my husband was with me. He immediately whispered in my ear, “I’m the only man here.” That was my clue we wouldn’t be staying long. He was a good sport, but if there is a next time, it might be best if I take a gal pal.
3 thoughts on “Rena’s Quilt”
Hi! I wasn’t able to make it to the show, but I saw photos of this quilt, and Nancy sent me here to your blog. It’s wonderful, and I enjoyed hearing about your process. When you said it was going log cabin, but then you cut it apart, it reminded me of one of a favorite quilt (not mine), which happens to have the muddier oranges and purple, ha! https://www.flickr.com/photos/craftydame/6255071069/
If you’re interested, please check out the Music City Modern Quilt Guild. We’re a growing group of 20-25 that currently meets in Franklin, but I hope we can find a Nashville location in the near future, so we can grow even more. We have a lot of different styles, big age range, big range of experience. In particular, there are several who like to explore improv work. Find us on Facebook under Music City Modern Quilt Guild, or email me if you’d like more information!
I loved this quilt and was wondering if it was yours. It’s stunning. I love your sense of color. Sorry I didn’t run into you at the show. We should check out the quilting guild together.
Yes, it is my quilt. Thanks! I am going to the guild on Saturday. I will email you.