Waste Not, Want Not
With all my work deadlines, I haven't had much time for stitching but I am getting my daily dose of "quilting" vicariously through editing the latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. We are putting the final touches on the fall issue this week! So while I work on that, I thought I'd share a favorite quilt from the past. It's not one of my own quilts but one I photographed while visiting the Des Moines Quilt Guild Show back in 2006. The quilt is called "Waste Not, Want Not" and was designed by Julie Larsen, who owned Prairie Star Quilts in Elk Horn, Iowa. I purchased a kit for the quilt and started making the blocks that year. I love the charming medley of appliqué and patchwork motifs that Julie incorporated into the quilt. The scrappy nature of the blocks is a nod to frugal quilters of the past, who made the most of their scrapboxes.
In April, we lost a one-of-a-kind quilt shop in Prairie Star Quilts when it closed its doors. Seeing the quilt again brings back fond memories of Julie's shop, which had some of the best kits I've ever seen. I can remember visiting the shop and buying a few kits in just one stop. Julie always did a wonderful job on the kit packaging, pairing the fabrics with a fun accent like a prim jar or box. For her first doll quilt series, she packaged all the kits in the cutest doll-size pillowcases. How I miss that shop already! I feel very fortunate to have had it so nearby for as long as I did.