This week's feature quilt is The Color Purple, from the gallery section of Every Last Piece. My sister and I worked on this one together for my niece's high school graduation. We each used purples from our fabric scraps and kona snow for the solid background. It has a very controlled but scrappy look. The large and small square diagonal rows are very prominent. My niece used this quilt in her dorm room at UNC Chapel Hill for four years. I know she is eager to get it back so that she can use it again.
This quilt pattern, Double Four Patch by Judy Hopkins, is quick and easy to put together from 2.5" and 4.5" squares of fabric. In fact, this was the third quilt of this same design I have made. Here are two other versions that I made for my nephews before I started blogging.
I was quite happy to use so many of my scraps in one quilt when I made this first version. The lights and dark pattern is less obvious here but there are so many memorable fabrics in this early quilt -so many fabrics that I recognize from clothes I made growing up. I see scraps from pajamas I made for my boys twenty years ago! My nephew used this quilt four years at NMT and then through graduate school at VA Tech.
This is the second of this pattern I made. The lights and darks here are a little more obvious but still all the fabrics are scraps. This quilt has also gotten years of use in my nephew's room at home and his dorm room at UVA and next year will be in his room in a house he is sharing with THIRTEEN other boys. Yikes. I hope this helps him know where his bed is! I hear that next year he will be able to look out of his window and see a house that Georgia O'Keefe used to live in.
It sort of makes me want to take a quilt and go back to college! Well, not really. I had my first quilt and a wool afghan made by my grandmother in my dorm room at Va Tech.
Thank you M and G for photographing these and letting me share them today!
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