Minnesota Monday

By the time you read this post, I’ll (hopefully) be tucked away comfortably in a cabin in Wisconsin. BigJ is itching to do a few practice ski runs on the Birkie trail before he tackles the big race later in February. While he’s busy with that, I’ll be sewing at the cabin.

Since most of the weekend was spent in getting ready to leave and get ahead of the snowstorm, I didn’t have much time to sew. So let me show you one of my older quilts.

Years ago, I made a quilt for one of the organizations BigJ was with. It was a medallion quilt of my own design, using their logo as the center medallion. Since it was a Minnesota company, all of the fabrics were Minnesota themed and were from the 2009 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop fabric.

Minnesota Monday - Minnesota Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

This quilt is made from the leftover scraps. I didn’t use any pattern. I just cut and staggered rectangles and added some shorter pieces where I needed them.

Here’s a few close up shots of the fabric and Connie’s amazing quilting.

Minnesota Monday - Detail View of fabric and quilting - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I like the fabric with the cityscape. Kinda fun. You can see the feathers that Connie quilted.

Minnesota Monday - Detail View of Quilting by Turnberry Lane Quilting - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

In the green border, Connie added some oak leaves. We have oaks in our backyard. Oak leaves are also significant in our family because my mother’s maiden name was Swedish for “oak leaf”. We know that whenever we meet someone with the last name “Eclov” we are likely related because it’s such an unusual name.

Minnesota Monday - Border Detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

The back of the quilt is also Minnesota fabric. I happened to be at a quilt shop and they were having a sale on this particular fabric. Five yards of fabric for $30. Perfect. I still have some left to use on another project.

Minnesota Monday - Back View - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

It was such a nice day, I really wanted an outdoor shot of this quilt. However, it was melting too. I thought maybe I could sneak a quick photo on the deck in my stocking feet. I thought I saw one little area that would work. However, the quilt didn’t cooperate very well, and while I was wrangling it, I ended up getting wet feet. See?

Minnesota Monday - Stocking feet on the deck in January - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

41 degrees in Minnesota in January is a heat wave, and getting my feet wet didn’t feel too bad, but I didn’t hang around to see if that would change. I did get a photo, not perfectly draped, but it works.

Minnesota Monday - Outdoor Photo of Minnesota Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

This quilt may actually cross the border and travel with me to Wisconsin. It’s a good one to snuggle under on a cold, stormy day.

Linking up today with Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Monday, friends!


12 thoughts on “Minnesota Monday”

  1. It is only starting to snow, they already canceled school last night. Your quilt reminds me of the jelly roll race with the wider strips. You were ahead of the game! Hope you are in a warm cabin and all goes well with the training for Big J;) Back to more heart runners for me!

  2. Where’s that snow?! It finally started snowing here now, so it’s not a figment of the weatherman’s imagination.
    What a great way to use the Minnesota fabrics! That should make you feel cozy while in a foreign land. Enjoy your quilting holiday!

  3. A Minnesota quilt is perfect for winter weather! I hope you don’t have any trouble smuggling it over the border into Wisconsin 🙂

    Eclov is quite an usual name; I’ve never seen it before. Since my name is also unusual (Hornor is usually spelled Horner) I understand that “hey, we must be related!” feeling when I encounter it. In fact, I’ve only met one other person with that spelling, and his name was Jerry, which is my Dad’s name, too. We both had on name tags and pointed and started laughing at the exact same time when we read “Hornor” on the other tag!

  4. I like staggered rectangles – great way to use up small pieces and good for getting pictures in place like you’ve done. Really like this.

  5. What a great way to remember another quilt, by making a quilt using its scraps. This one definitely looks like a quilt perfect to snuggle under on cold winter days. I hope you have fun sewing in the cabin in Wisconsin and the scenery is breath taking 🙂

  6. That is a perfect quilt! Love the wider, rectangular blocks and it looks so cozy. I hope your time away is fun – never learned to ski and probably won’t at this stage. Hope you get the snow that will make the skiing fun – I’d be right there with you sewing. Have a great time!

  7. Hi Wendy, Love all of the tidbits of family info in this post. Do you wonder how your mother’s family got the name? Did someone live in an oak tree populated area? I love the history and thinking about it. The quilt is really sweet and looks so cozy. Have a great time in the cabin. Stay warm and enjoy the peaceful sewing time.

  8. What a snuggly quilt, and such wonderful quilting! How interesting about Eclov meaning oak leaf, and that you’re Swedish…we have a neighbour 3 doors down who is from Duluth, and is Swedish…seems like 3/4 of the state is! He has a Dec. 24 get-together for the ‘hood and a bunch of his friends, and SO MANY are Swedish and from MN. Yep 41 is indeed a heat wave in January in the entire northern US as well as in Canada! Have a great time in WI!

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