In October 2013, American Patchwork and Quilting published Kathie Holland’s design, “A Different Path.” Several quilting friends and I were visiting Marie and leafing through quilt magazines at the time, and we decided “A Different Path” would be a fantastic exchange project. A palette of Civil War repro prints on shirting backgrounds was determined. We solicited a few more Civil War fabric aficionados for eight total quilters. I worked out a block and color construction scheme lasting ten months that yielded 180 blocks per quilter, enough for a twin size quilt each. To keep on schedule, we each appliqued 18 quarter circles on shirting backgrounds in prescribed colors: red, orange/cheddar/gold, yellow, blue, green, black, brown, purple. The final color was “your choice.”
The exchange took place at a quilting retreat during the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the end of February. Marie and Kathy are pictured selecting squares arranged by color on a large table.
Marie was the first to put her top together. She asked me to quilt it, and she chose the Double Plume all-over design (pantograph designed by Keryn Emmerson). I used a Magnifico gold thread on the top and a tan thread in the bobbin to blend with the backing.
Seeing Marie’s lovely quilt top finished and quilted has motivated me to work on setting my blocks from the exchange together. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Marie’s “A Different Path”