Being the employee at In The Beginning who has worked here the longest, it is really quite amazing to me that here, in my 21st year, I have finally tackled making a Garden Twist quilt. I remember when Jackie Quinn made the first one. She made it using the beautiful decorator fabrics we carried in our retail store. I also remember when we introduced the beautiful Garden Twist collection of fabric, which Sharon Yenter designed for the purpose of making this quilt pattern…and others.
But until these little Gnomes arrived, I have never been inspired to make one.
Perhaps it is the artistic sunflowers in the fabric or my northern European roots calling to me, but as soon as I received this fabric, I knew I had to make one.
Like most things I put off, I now wish I had make one years ago. It is a quilt that not only sews together very easily, it only took about 5 hours to make. I would have finished sooner if I didn’t have a directional fabric to be concerned about. And as you can see from the photo, I’m not quite finished.
I read that the first clay German Garden Gnome (“der Gartenzwerg”) was made in Graeferoda, Thuringia, Germany in the 1800′s. Since then they have been popping up in gardens everywhere. Gnomes are considered to be more then decorations. It is good luck to place a Gnome in the home and garden. And now I have them in my quilt. Or at least I will….with just 4 more seams to go!
Heather Dupont’s Better Gnomes and Gardens collection will soon be blooming at a quilt shop near you. Just think of all the good luck you will receive when you bring it to your home!