The inspiration for Fresh Family Traditions came to me when I was nearing completion of my first book, A Quilting Life. I had borrowed some family quilts from my grandmother to use for some photos for that book, and I had the idea that it would be really fun to remake some of my great great grandmother’s designs in today’s fabrics. Several of the quilts in the book are based on some of these family heirlooms.
I also thought about other things that inspire me to design quilts, whether it is the fabric or the block style, or even memories of my grandmother and great grandmother. The cover quilt is based on a similar quilt made my Great Grandmother, and I named it “Kitchen Sink” because my fondest memories of her are of her teaching me to do dishes at her kitchen sink in Iowa when I visited as a young girl.
Because I love to use quilts to decorate in my home, there are projects of all sizes included: patterns for bed quilts, throws, wall quilts, several pillows and a table runner are all in the book. The projects range from beginner to intermediate level with many projects designed for use with your favorite pre-cuts! I hope you’ll enjoy this book and be able to create some of your own fresh family traditions through quilting!