I am so excited to introduce my new block of the month (BOM) series for 2015, Grandma Town. This row by row quilt is a labor of love that I have dreamed of and worked on for over a year. It is a celebration of my Iowa roots, and growing up visiting my Grandparents on their farm just west of Des Moines in Earlham, Iowa. It is especially a tribute to my dear Grandma.
When my sisters, brother and I were little and my parents would drive us to my grandparents farm, my brother would yell, “We are going to Grandma Town!”. It was a loving tribute that stuck. This little quilt is full of those reminders of the farm and of Grandma, who loved to garden and loved to cook. She made the best pies around and my favorite was the tart and tangy wild Gooseberry. Each block is a sweet memory of my youth growing up on that country farm.
I hope you will find some shared love for your family, a cherished farm or your own grandma in my quilt. You can make all of these sweet blocks or pick and choose the blocks you like the most to make something special for yourself or a dear loved one.
Grandma Town BOM #1 – Forget Me Not
In your “Garden of memory”, please give me one little spot;
To cultivate the flower, they call “Forget – Me – Not”.
Here is my first block in the Grandma Town BOM series. It is a dainty Forget Me Not flower and it is the first and last row of blocks in this memory filled quilt. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Grandma and this little block is a lovely reminder of this. It is a 5″ finished block and you will need to make 20 blocks. Use all one color, or mix and match for a nice scrappy look.
A comprehensive pattern and directions for the Forget me Not block along with the whole BOM is currently in development.