It seems like I don’t get to piece as many quilts as I like, but this time every year I get the chance. My husband’s family has an annual family reunion and at the reunion family members get an opportunity to win quilts. There is a quilt for every generation as well as a quilt made for newly married couples. A person can only win these kinds of quilts once, but to keep everyone coming back we have a “hodge podge” quilt. The hodge podge quilt can be won by any family member in attendance no matter how many quilts they have won in the past.
Over the years, the hodge podge quilt has evolved from a hand embroidered quilt, to a picture quilt, and now it is a regular quilt. My husband’s grandparents started this tradition to encourage people to attend the family reunions and in the past they would piece and hand-quilt them. These quilts are treasured. My husband has the quilts he has won in the past and one of them is on our bed right now. It was at these reunions that I first became interested in quilting and I talk about a little more about it here.
Now that I am full-fledged machine quilter, I quilt the tops and make the hodge podge quilt. It’s a chance for me to make whatever I want and this is what I came up with this year:
It’s a variation of a stacked coin quilt. And because it can’t run away when I try to take pictures (like my kids) I took some “artistic” poses with it. I think the neighbors must think I am crazy.
I can’t wait to find out who wins it. The very first year I made the hodge podge quilt, my husband won it! Even though we are all family, it can get intense when the names are drawn for the quilt. I got more than a fair share of glares that year.
And a side note, I don’t normally show pictures of my kids on here because I am don’t want to stray from the theme of the blog……But……I have to make an exception. Isn’t this the cutest?
When I came home from quilt market, the kids (with a bunch of help from my husband) had set this up for me. Gotta love those kiddos!
Thanks for looking!