This is Memorial Day, but I prefer Remembrance Day. It doesn't sound quite as sad to me. When I hear the word Memorial, I always think of funerals. I don't want to think about funerals. I want to remember and reflect about the valiant men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.
I've spent a lot of time remembering over the past few days while writing the pattern directions for Zinnie's Choice. This quilt is named after our Golden Retriever, Zinnie.
I was making this quilt when Zinnie passed away very suddenly at the age of 5. That was three years ago at this time......Memorial weekend.....Remembrance Day. This is the only quilt that Zinnie touched when it was laying on the floor. She walked around all of the other quilts, but she would curl right up on this one. Here is a picture of Zinnie at her favorite Elephant Lake. We won't be going there this year as there is probably 8 feet of snow and the dirt road into it is impassable.
While I've been writing the pattern directions, I've been remembering Zinnie. It has taken me three years to even think about writing the directions for this quilt. I guess I'm just to emotionally attached to this quilt.
Since we've never been without a dog our entire marriage, we soon welcomed Mazey into the family. She's a loveable holy terror! She walks over all of the quilts and steals quilt blocks every opportunity she can! She used to be such a little puff ball of fur.
This quilt is made up of components from my Patchwork Math book. There are only 7 different quilting components in the entire quilt. Flying Geese, Double Flying Geese, Parallel Geese, Half-Square Triangles, Y-squares, Square in a Square, and HST in a Triangle.
You will become an expert and master the components while making the quilt.
The new Ann's Arbor fabric from Minick and Simpson for Moda would work perfectly in this quilt. It will be available in August. It has just the right mix or red, white, blue and yellow.
My friend Jeanne is proofreading the pattern right now. This pattern will be hot off the press and ready for the Wine Country Quilt Show next weekend in Santa Rosa. I'll be teaching this quilt at In Between Stitches on July 12th.
Have a good and safe Remembrance Day. Don't ever forget.