corn, sunsets and friendship
This gift, from design idea to final form, has been several years in the making.
Back in 2009, I made this mini-quilt based on a block in a quilt called Noah’s Garden (designed by Stephanie Martin Glennon) that appears in Quilt-Lovers’ Favorites Volume 3 published way back in 2003. (The book is no longer in print, though you can still find it used on Amazon or AbeBooks.)
On completion, I showed it to Mary Kate (mother of my good friend, Kate), who admired it and pointed out how the block is similar to a ceramic tile that hangs in her home. She spoke of how much she likes its orange background.
Actually Mary Kate is quite fond of orange (here she is with husband, Gregg)–note the color of her turtleneck! Her love of orange is not surprising, given her love of sunsets.
This is Mary Kate’s favorite view: sunset across the pond at her beloved farm.
So as Mary Kate’s birthday approached this year, the corn block came to mind. I found the book, where I still had the pattern templates tucked inside an envelope. I added the green border to make the orange pop and the yellow border to complement the pale yellow of Mary Kate and Gregg’s living room.
I used 1-inch-wide painter’s tape as a quilting guide, and I followed this tutorial for adding the zipper beneath the yellow strip. I get a kick out of how this technique hides the zipper (and any little mistakes made while sewing it in place) and makes the pillow reversible.
So here’s to Mary Kate, dear friend, surrogate grandmother to my children, and kindred spirit–Happy Birthday!