Today, I’m going to feature the first quilt (in the order they appear in the book) in my Acorn Cottage book… ‘Tulip Crosses’.
When I first saw the red & white quilts of the American Folk Art Museum’s ‘Infinite Variety’ exhibition, I was (& still am) amazed by them. Their simplicity, their elegance, & their classic designs captured my heart. One of my favorites, Tulip Crosses, is the inspiration for this quilt. (I didn’t change the name… it was perfect for this design.)
The original vintage quilt was a simple two color quilt (which I still want to make!), & the first time I made this quilt, I made it as a mini version. While making the smaller version, I thought the blocks were so much fun to make! It took me a couple of years, but I remembered how much I loved those blocks & how ever since I made them the first time - I wanted to make a large version so I could use it on my bed.
I just love the setting & the photograph for the book. (** warning… you’re going to hear me saying that a lot!). For the Tulip Crosses quilt, the photo Martingale chose was pretty much the dream I had in my head when I created the larger version! (…another ‘Godwink’???)
If you decide to make a Tulip Crosses quilt, in whatever colorway you choose (…& it would look great in any colorway!) or if you decide to make it a two-color quilt, I can guarantee a really fun block to make, and a classic and beautiful quilt awaits you at the end!
I'll be back with more quilts from 'Acorn Cottage', and until then, if you want to get more peeks at the projects included in the book, Martingale, Amazon, & Barnes and Noble have posted a bunch of photos. You can pre-order at any of their websites (as well as mine), & I also want to encourage you - if you have a local quilt shop - to let them know & ask them to order it for you!
Love this block Bren – can’t wait to get the book.