With all apologies to those 2007 PHS graduates whose quilts have not yet been documented here, I include here the story of this graduation quilt, since it is the most recent.
I wanted to make a quilt for daughter Maggie’s friend Kristin, since the two of them were graduating from college in May. Maggie met Kristin during NSO, or New Student Orientation, the week of service activities before her freshman year at Lewis and Clark College even began. These two became fast friends, and remained so during their four years in Portland. This quilt expresses my appreciation to Kristin for her continued friendship with Maggie.
This quilt was also just tons of fun to make. I gathered up green and purple fabrics (and other related fun scraps), cut squares, paired the squares, and made two half-square triangle units from each set of pairs. With piles of blocks on hand, getting them all into the same quilt was loads of fun. This quilt is one of those that I describe as having “made itself”, since the blocks went together so easily.
The first border was a no-brainer, coordinating almost all the fabrics in the quilt. The second border was more of a challenge: the fabric I had originally intended for this border did not work when the quilt was at this end stage, so I had to dig in my stash. I found this wonderful plaid border that I had purchased ages ago and never had been able to find a quilt in which it would work. I think it is perfect for Kristin’s quilt.
Simple quilting seemed the best for a quilt with such a simple block as this. This particular simple quilting is fast becoming a favorite.
Photography by Sibila Savage