|Dutch Windmill Quilt|
|The beautiful back.|
|Black thread for the black, variegated pink and orange for the windmills.|
|Proof from where the fabric came.|
Now that you are all encouraged to go somewhere else, let me tell you a little about my Dutch Windmills Quilt and why I've decided to put it up for display this year. This quilt consists of fabrics I purchased last year at a fabric store in Amsterdam which specializes in reproduction fabrics. I really wanted to make something to commemorate my trip to the land of Van Gogh, and I felt that a quilt made of these fabrics was absolutely the thing to do. This quilt also marked a series of firsts for me. It was the first time I bought fabric without a pattern directing me how much fabric to buy. It was the first time I made my own pattern (based on a couple windmill patterns I found on line, but adjusted for the flowers in the fabric). It was the first time I used two different colors for the quilting process (I thought black was needed for the black parts, but I didn't want the black to overwhelm the blocks). It was the first time I really tried to put "meaning" into a quilt; fabrics from a place I visited, quilting the windmills with a bit of orange to symbolize the national color of the Netherlands. It was the first quilt I brought to work and showed off to my friends.
Looking back at this quilt, my skills were still a little raw (and they still are now for that matter), and I can see a couple of things that I would do different. But, this is still my favorite quilt of all time; warts and all, I love it. It hangs on a wall in my bedroom and every day I look at it an remember that great store in Amsterdam and the experience of escaping the tour for an hour with a fellow quilter to dash across the city, grab fabric and dash back to the tour. It was so much fun and I love how my quilt tells me that story.