Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Here we are in January 2013.  A New Year and a continuation of many good years.  This year promises to be an exciting time for my quiltmaking.  I am delving into doing more Modern Quilts. 

Thought I would give you a little history lesson to help explain the name of the first finished quilt of 2013.


January is often considered the month for deep reflection. We look back at the year behind us, bemoaning our regrets and celebrating our successes. And then, we look forward to the future year. We make well-meaning resolutions and hope for the best. So, in this way, we’re all a little bit like Janus, the Roman god for which January is named. Janus is usually depicted with having two heads. that face in opposite directions. One looks back to the year departed, and one looks forward to the new and uncertain year ahead.

Janus also represented transition and was called the "god of doors".  This is where I am - making a transition in my quilting style and opening some new doors for creative expression.

The back of this quilt came from "the drawer".  You know, that drawer that is full of parts and pieces of projects that never made completion?

I reached in the drawer and drew out the largest piece I could find and used it as my starting point for piecing the back.  I continued to pull pieces from the drawer.  If the piece was too long, I cut it off.  If it was too small, I added strips to it.  Eventually I had it completed.

All of these blocks are very traditional with lots of calicoes and prints.

Now let's take a look at the front of this quilt!! This is from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's pattern called Deep Breath.

"Janus:  From Traditional to Modern"

I enjoy piecing my backs as well as my fronts and this seemed to tell the viewer what kind of quilter I am. . . a little bit traditional leaning toward the modern.

This quilt was completed entirely on my domestic sewing machine, a Bernina Artista 640E.

The straight line quilting in the neutral squares stands out from the pebble quilting in the pieced units.



  1. enjoyed the "lesson" and the quilt is beautiful and interesting! well done Mom!

    1. Glad you liked it, Heather! This is a fun adventure for me.

    2. fun and interesting
      I wonder how many people will think the back is the front....that should be fun.
      happy new year lady. you're on a roll.

    3. Glad you like it, Bren. I have already been asked if it could be turned over and shown with the back as the front. LOL Of course, you could but it will hang at my house in the "Modern".

  2. What a fun quilt and inspiring start to this year -- You always make me think. I'm glad you share your journey.

    1. It is fun, isn't it Kara? Thinking is not a bad thing for gals like you and me. :-)

  3. Sandi you already know that I really like this quilt and that I think you are a very clever lady. I would never have thought anythng like this...yeah for you.