In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we’ve been highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-
Judy Eades of Enumclaw, Washington, enjoyed the series sampler quilt, Peace Cottage, in the 2014 issues of McCall’s Quilting. The original quilt, designed by Lynn Lister, is a reader favorite pattern, and we’ve seen many versions from all over the country. But Judy’s is among the most creative of them all. Here’s Lynn’s original quilt:
And here’s what Judy had to say about her version:
I really enjoyed making the three part sampler quilt from 2014. Enumclaw, WA is a dairy town so I replaced the small pine tree row with brown cows and named my version of the quilt “Peaceful Cow Cottage”. I was able to get it finished in time for our Enumclaw Crystal Quilters Guild annual show, Sharing Our Stitches, where I was the featured quilter in October.
The show was not juried other than having the show attendees vote for their favorites. I had about thirty quilts there, one of which did win a Peoples Choice award. There were over three hundred quilts in the show and guild members had decorated clothespins with Yo-Yo flowers and ribbons; we used the clothespins to attach quilter information to each quilt rather than pinning through quilts.
Although I generally design my own quilts from pictures and ideas in my head, this quilt just spoke to me as it is so reflective of the area all around me. I live in a small farmhouse on an old dairy farm in Enumclaw, WA, a town about twenty-five miles southeast of Seattle, in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Adding pieced cows to the colors and setting of the Peace Cottage quilt made it perfect for me. -Judy-
Thanks so much for sending your story and photo, Judy!
If you love this quilt design and don’t have a copy of the pattern, click on the magazine covers below to order all 3 parts. And if you decide to make the quilt, we hope you’ll send your story and photographs for us to share. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and happy Peaceful Cottage quilting!