This “sampler quilt” was made after I won a consolation drawing in a fabric challenge at a quilt show in Elko, Nevada. I made one of the squares and was given the others. You will notice that all of them use a common “challenge” fabric. Along with the squares, I received an extra length of the challenge fabric to help in completing my quilt. I had the squares for many years, uncertain of how to combine all the diverse patterns and color schemes harmoniously. One day it just all seemed to come together.
This is a “friendship quilt.” The squares used on the front were made by friends and fellow quilters in Mendoza, Argentina, where I lived for 7 years. (The Argentine flag is on the back.) The grape fabric came from a “left-overs” bin in a small quilting shop in Victoria, BC. I bought it thinking I would use it for a single square. When I got home, I came up with the idea of placing it between the rows of squares to represent Mendoza’s vineyards – which meant I needed more fabric. When I checked back, the Victoria shop had sold all it carried, so I had to search on-line for another source. Eventually I was successful, and the quilt came together.