Thursday, March 06, 2008

A child of the forest.......always

and not the prairie. Parts of WI were prairie, at one time. And some of the long grass prairie still exists here, in land preserves.But the long grass prairies of Laura Ingalls Wilders life and stories are foreign to me. I understand the cool, darkened sun-dappled woods of my childhood. The wind blows there, but nothing like prairie wind. For me, the prairie is more of an 'idea' and state of mind, than an actual place. I love the word...prairie. It triggers some long distant memory fragment that I can't quite get hold of. I learned several years back that prairie is a french word, and means meadow...one of those strange bits of information that lingers.
Yesterday was a snowy, gray day...some wind, but more than that, it was a day my furnace decided to 'go stubborn' and resist firing to light the gas. The furnace man was called, and I had a nice long wait for his arrival. I pulled this book from my shelves, and sat down for a closer look *VBS*(*very big smile*)
It's a book of quilts inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder and was written by a New York woman who moved to Walnut Grove, MN. For the most part the quilts are small one. I saw several that might tempt me to cut scraps for. That was until I saw this one. It's hard to explain how one quilt vs. another will reach out and grab you. This one was made by the author of the book and she calls it "Four in a Nine Patch".
This is the original quilt which inspired her. The antique version is fragile, and wouldn't hold up to actual bed use. She's done a great job of reproducing the quilt and I am planning to own one also *VBS*. It has grabbed my heart! Her directions are for 1.5" strips to make the 4 patches. I'm undecided about that. I may use 2" scraps instead.
And I was trying soooo hard NOT to get 'hooked' into a specific project until I had my scraps cut up....oh well!

13 comments:

loulee1 said...

I agree, this is a beautiful quilt, I can see why it grabbed you. It wrapped it's arms around me too.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

If you have to get sucked into a new project...what a pretty one. I too could fall into that quilt quite easily.

Teresa said...

A great scrappy quilt. I was looking for a project for my neice and that may be just the right one. Thanks for sharing a pic.

Karen said...

Oh, I like that too. Very very much. Wonder what else is in that book!

Libby said...

You are so right that you cannot always know why a quilt calls to you, but when it does - it's always loud and clear *s* It's easy to see why this is one is calling your name.

KCQuilter said...

Yummy--4 patches AND 9 patches?? All in the same quilt?? My two favorite quilt blocks. Wonderful choice.

Susan said...

I adore that quilt! I make 4-patches from 2" squares all the time, leader-enders. They go so nicely with the 3.5" squares. I can see why this one won your heart!

Studio Christine said...

hey finn....

it's OK if you don't have enough scraps cut, I'm SURE some of us other bloggers will be glad to share ;>)

Paula said...

When a quilt speaks, it's rude not to listen!! It's a great quilt.

Barbara C said...

What a great pattern. I love 4-patches, and this configuration shows them off so nicely. Have a great day Finn.

Granny Lyn said...

We have to listen to the quilts, they know what's best. :)
Have fun diving into that one,
lyn

cher said...

I was looking at a similar pattern - same idea-different fabrics and thought, nine patches are so...basic and fun. this is a wonderful variation!

julieQ said...

Love that scrappy quilt! Congratulations on your great progress in cutting your scraps into usable pieces. Do you have the book Prairie Children and their Quilts?