When designing quilts for the Love of Quilting magazine and television show we are given prompts to jump start our thinking and provide a theme for each edition of the magazine. The prompt for the September/ October 2022 Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine was “Home”. So, stop for a moment and think about what quilt YOU would make to reflect what the word “home” means to you.
It’s hard, right? There is so much emotion wrapped up in that word. It isn’t like the word “house”. It is a “home”. There is belonging and comfort and love contained in a home.
I have to say that initially, this prompt stumped me. But when it comes right down to it, my house feels like a home when all of my five children are under my roof. That happens so rarely these days! They have gone in all different directions! Just this month one started college and got moved into the dorms. *sniff*
Here’s a photo of my kids with their grannies at my wedding to Wade in 2019. The three on the right are my triplets with my mom. The two on the left are Wade’s kiddos with his mom. MY HEART!!
My hope is that as they move through life they will feel called to come back to the nest to visit with me. Nothing makes me happier than hearing their laughter and seeing their smiles. So, for me, home is love. Home is my kids together. Home is their smile. It is my hope that the bluegrass breeze of my state of Kentucky calls them back to me time and time again.
So, this quilt was designed originally entitled Bluegrass Breeze. But… then I found these FABRICS!!! Don’t you love them? lt is the Colour Wall line from Riley Blake. LOVE IT! So, when I did finally send it off to the big brains on the staff of the Fons & Porter magazine they decided to name it Bluegrass Jamboree. Which I think is in keeping with the fun, power and party of this quilt!
I’m a sucker for a quilt that looks complicated but uses super simple techniques to make things look fancy. For this quilt, it has an illusion of being set on point but it is a regular ol’ horizontal setting. The secret is the uber chunky sashings with brightly colored half square triangles. They frame out the Whirlygig blocks to give it the illusion of an on point setting.
And, you will love the shortcut way I make the Whirlygig block from a layer cake! What is super amazing is that when you are making the Whirlygig block it automatically creates that secondary sister block. It’s a twofer!
I know you will love making this quilt crowned by those party half square triangles in the corners, too. I’ve got this quilt kitted up for you to snag over in our online shop along with an autographed copy of the September/ October edition of the Love of Quilting magazine!