For Such a Time as This

Three and a half years in the making, beginning November 2013 when I started working on the initial clock design

Hand appliquéd from January 1st 2014…

… to September 22nd 2016, working on it as four quarter panels.

Sewing the panels together and adding the last appliqué that crossed over the seam lines on November 16th 2016…

Almost 200 hours of machine quilting completed April 25th, 2017…

Then all the finishing steps were done in May and June.

The first blog post about this quilt appeared on March 17, 2014. In 2015, each month was revealed along with a description of the birth flowers and birth stones that were used to represent that month.

January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

In 2016, the four seasons were revealed…

Autumn Winter
Summer Spring

… along with the progress I was making on the outer borders.

The full photo of the completed quilt was not published until the quilt was seen publicly for the first time, on October 31st 2017 at International Quilt Festival in Houston TX.

This quilt was my constant companion during many transitions in my life. Completing it was bittersweet, like finishing a good book or losing a friend. The journey is over. The next one could be right around the corner, and I eagerly look forward to starting the next adventure! Thank you for joining me For Such a Time as This.

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  1. Hi Anne,
    Thank you for your kind words. There will not be a pattern for the whole quilt. There is, however, a Birth Flowers Block-of-the-Month series of patterns. I took the birth flowers from the center medallion, enlarged them, and put them in their own wreath setting. There is also a border pattern that can be used to join all the blocks together into one quilt or create a frame for a single block.
    All the best,

  2. Anne Wiebe says:

    Congratulations Kathy! Your work is magnificent!
    I’ve made your Flourish on the Vine quilt. Are you releasing the pattern for this quilt any time soon? You’ve got me hooked on appliqué! It’s very time consuming but worth every minute. My Flourish is hanging in my stairwell. I stare at it every day. You’re designs are amazing!
    Can you let me know when I can buy the pattern? Thanks.

  3. Kathy, I am really looking forward to meeting you and learning how to hexie when you come to the Thousand Island Quilters’ Guild in October 2018. Congrgatulations on your recent win in Paducha–that is one amazing quilt! I used to say that I’d never get into applique but knowing now that it can be done with fusible interfacing (that doesn’t have to be removed) and sewn on the machine, well, I’ve just got to give it a try!

  4. Sincere congratulations on your blue ribbon at Houston. Your quilt is a masterpiece and is a joy to see.

  5. Hi Kathy, it was really great hearing you speak at our Common Thread Quilt Guild meeting last week. It was very inspiring but rather daunting. I really have to work on my techniques and hopefully will be able to enter a quilt show one day.
    Congratulations on your quilt. I really is amazing.

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