Once a month, I like to take a look back at where I have been as a quilter. This is an example of one of my very traditional style quilts.
Ohio celebrated its bicentennial in 2003 and there was a big quilt show at the state fair that year. It was a competition, they wanted quilters to make something that represented Ohio themes.
I think at that point I didn’t actually know what an Ohio Star block was, but I loved the look of this classic block (don’t know the official name), so I figured I would use color placement to emphasize the Ohio Star-like motif in the center. You can also see my (primitive) attempt at blanket stitch appliqué there in the corner, meant to be a branch of a Buckeye Tree (the state tree).
In the center I appliquéd a cardinal, the state bird, also on a buckeye. This quilt was displayed at the fair that year, which I thought was pretty exciting. It was made the first year we lived in Ohio, before we had kids or Cleo. I thought it would be a neat memento of our time here (which was intended to be temporary, but here we still are!)
Have a great week!
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