"Lipstick Reds."

Posted Sat, Sep 4 2010 5:06 PM by Mary Fons

So I made this little quilt. 

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It's not little, actually. It's at least nap size, and I'd give the measurements of it except that it's folded nicely in a totebag right now, waiting patiently to be longarmed. The quilt is a simple design I got from Katherine Bell's adorable book, Quilting For Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time. I knew when I saw the pattern that I wanted to make it, and that decision -- that moment that I said, "Yes, that one, now" is a crucial moment in any quilter's life. 

For a long time, I worked with my mom on quilts for her PBS show, "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting". The quilts are awesome, and I enjoyed every project I helped with or made, but it's not up to me to make choices in terms of content. There are people with a lot more experience figuring that stuff out. But for some reason, my passion for quilting didn't totally bloom until a year or so ago. How could that be, when I've been around quilts all my life, have worked closely with my mom for several years? 

Here's how: Every quilter needs to make the quilts she wants (or he wants) to make. 

Mom says so herself. Until a quilter can put her stamp on a project from pattern to binding, I don't think quilting can really take hold. I have happily worked on projects as a wingman for years now, but until I realized that I could make whatever I wanted to make, in the way I wanted to make it, I just didn't catch the bug. 

The quilt above is a quilt I saw and knew I loved. In Katherine's book, the quilt is done with gray and blues. I liked the Kona Cotton lipstick reds I found at Quiltology in Chicago, and the rest is history. 

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