My Favorite Quilt: Sarah of {no} hats in the house

on June 22 | in Featured Creativity, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 4 Comments

Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit curated our My Favorite Quilt series! Visit for a new quilt every day, and join the fun with your own link.


Sarah, a lawyer from Indiana, is one of the most unique sewing bloggers I know. She makes magic with color and traditional designs. Sarah says, “I wish I was cool enough to write a book!” (She’s definitely way cool.) She teaches quilt guild workshops and paper-piecing classes at her LQS, Crimson Tate. Sarah almost chose Liberty (of London) and Justice For All as her favorite quilt; click the link and you’ll see why it was the winner of the traditional category of the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild’s Double Wedding Ring Challenge. Don’t forget to pop in on Instagram (@nohatsquilts), read about her Operation: Give Warmth project and look out for her paper-piecing “boot camp” this summer!

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt is Once Upon a Forest. I made it last year as part of Joanna and Julianna’s (epic) Forest QAL (if you aren’t familiar, you can find details and links to all the free block patterns here). It’s basically every single low saturation scrap from my stash, all sewn up into one big happy forest and quilted with a favorite quote from environmentalist John Muir.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
I managed to finish it in time for the Forest QAL challenge (runner up, not bad!), but otherwise not yet!

What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
Most of the making for this quilt took place during my newfound (albeit short-lived) freedom between studying for the bar last summer and starting a new job last fall. I was hanging out at my parents’ place near the coast, taking our daughter to the beach every day, and sewing every naptime and night. (Sigh.) And then of course I had to come back to reality (and my husband), so I finished the quilt at home where we live amidst our own mini-forest of sorts. This quilt definitely evokes really wonderful memories of that time.

What do you like best about the quilt?
The subtlety. It might not seem like much at first glance, but then you look a little closer and all those little details start to surface. I love that about it.

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
It encouraged me to take a more adventurous approach to sewing. I’m mostly self-taught, so at the time I remember joking with a friend about Joanna’s classification of the difficulty level for the Forest QAL patterns as “intermediate”—words of an optimist, no doubt. But ever since then, I’ve adopted more of a “why not?” mentality that has certainly unleashed a more daring side of my creativity, one I’m not even sure I knew was there before. So I’m very grateful for that.

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I would say I’d tone down the aspen grove block, but having to design my way out of that misstep helped the whole quilt take on a new life of its own. So to be honest, I don’t think I’d do anything differently.

Where is the quilt now?
…In our cedar closet. (I know! It should be on my daughter’s bed, but she’s only two, and somehow that helps me justify why it’s still not on her bed. Or anywhere else in the house, for that matter.)

Would you like to add anything?
Just thank you for thinking of me, Jess! I loved the opportunity to reflect on a favorite from my past and can’t wait to be inspired by a whole new set of others’ picks this month.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt

What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.


Rules:

  • You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
  • Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
  • You can answer all or some of the questions below.
  • Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.

Questions:

  • Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
  • Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
  • What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
  • What do you like best about the quilt?
  • How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
  • If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Where is the quilt now?

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4 Responses to My Favorite Quilt: Sarah of {no} hats in the house

  1. Sue says:

    Wow. I love love love this quilt. It’s just beautiful. All of your work is beautiful!

  2. Laurie says:

    It’s simply stunning! I can’t imagine how many hours went into this masterpiece.

  3. S says:

    This quilt is a real beauty, I would love to see it in person.

  4. Anne says:

    HEY! That’s one of MY favorite quilts, too! :D I’m such a fangirl of Sarah’s work!

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