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Let's Play Nice Together: A quilt in the time of Covid

Let's Play Nice Together: A quilt in the time of Covid

Pieced by
Kathy Cracroft Wilhelmsen
(Draper, Utah – 2021)

In between other projects, my mind kept going back to this pattern: “Tumalo Trail” by Bonnie Hunter in Scraps and Shirttails: Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle! The Art of Quilting Green (2008). The ethic of frugality is, for me, one of the most endearing attributes of quilting. Over the years, I have cut fabric scraps down to as small as 1.5 inches – and have amassed (and used) thousands of them. In this time of such global divisiveness, I was curious to see if I could apply the theme of “play nice together” to a quilt.

So here we have it, front and back, a total of 1,748 one-inch squares from all walks of fabric life: Civil War and Thirties reproductions, shirtings, florals, traditional, contemporary, batiks, solids, brights, wovens, and novelty. They’ve all been brought together in the hope that they will play nice and help each other out in making a lovely keepsake quilt. This one took forever!

Quilted by
Quilts on the Corner
Sandy, Utah