Farm Quilt

October 19th, 2009




This is the quilt I’ve been working on since January of 2008, according to this post and this one. It was inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts that I love. Quite a few of those quilts are based on the bricklayer pattern. I thought that particular pattern would be a lovely one to begin a marriage cuddled underneath–the idea of a foundation increased piece by piece and an interlacing of daily life. I used the Katie Jump Rope fabrics mostly because I couldn’t stop looking at them and they reminded me of the recipient this quilt was made for. I intended to use a lot of the cream fabric so that the colors and pattern would really stand out, and it would be a mix of a country-ish fabric with a more modern design (like the couple).

I finished piecing it in January of this year and then started in on the hand quilting, yes, the hand quilting (while pregnant and then with a newborn and a deadline). I always kick myself after I start in on the hand quilting because I over-do it. I decided to quilt each brick of each square and then do an intricate wedding band-ish pattern on the lazy-girl strips that run the length of it. Man, those took forever. But I wanted to instill this quilt with my love for them and create an heirloom that they can pass down and share with their generations. I hope it provides them warmth and comfort, too.

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  • 1. Sarah  |  October 26th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    it turned out so amazing! i love seeing it with the barn background, this picture definitely did not come from seattle, huh?! love it!

  • 2. Nancy Cook  |  October 27th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Wow! That’s really stunning Dacia and I’ve been following it along since you began. What dedication to hand quilt it too. I am hand quilting a smaller one and is so relaxing and calming.

  • 3. Emily  |  October 27th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Gorgeous and made with love!

  • 4. aja  |  October 28th, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Dacia – this wasn’t a gift, its an HEIRLOOM! I cannot tell you how much I love this special quilt. Ben and I sleep under it every night, in the freezing bedroom downstairs. Its beautiful and keeps us warm. I really want to start quilting, you are inspiring me. How should I start? A class or just jump in – maybe do your baby beach blanket pattern?

  • 5. monica  |  October 28th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    beautiful. completely worth the time and effort!!

  • 6. Lisa  |  November 2nd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Dacia, that really is a gift of love! I have several bed size quilt tops just waiting for me to start the handstitching. You might have inspired me to drag them out!

  • 7. stephanie  |  November 5th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    What an accomplishment and I love the way you have the barn as a backdrop, it looks great!!

  • 8. Edwardo  |  November 6th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    A quilt made for friends
    Displayed on a barnyard wall
    Heirloom for cold toes

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