After I had been piecing quilts for about a year, my daughter and I popped into Quilts Plus, a quilt shop in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was probably my first real quilt shop, with kits, projects on the walls, fat quarter bundles and all the neat things that make a quilter want to spend some money. I was overwhelmed.
My daughter saw this quilt hanging on the wall and said, "can you make me that quilt". Without hesitation I said, "sure". So we bought the pattern. It's called "Myths of Avalon"
Now up until this point I had made 10 throws/quilts. All but one had been made out of differing combinations of split rail or 9 patch blocks, the blocks I learned how to make in my class. The one that wasn't one of those two blocks was a "Turning Twenty" pattern, so I really hadn't challenged myself.
Now, before I go any further, I would like to state for the record that I have no idea why this quilt is named "Myths of Avalon". According to what I could find on the internet, Avalon is a mythical isle in England. OK, so what does that have to do with this quilt pattern? The designer of this quilt, Christiane Meunier does not say.
I have a few patterns by Miss Rosies Quilt Company, and while her patterns do have names that are a little out there, she always explains how she came up with the name. Thank You Carrie!!
This pattern is in this book, "A Few of My Favorite Scrap Quilts".
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I liked this pattern so well, I figured while I was at it I would make one for myself and my daughter. I started in January 2006. I worked on these quilts for a good two months. It was a challenge for me, I cut off geese tips left and right and didn't even know any better! But in the end, this is still one of my favorites, and for some reason, those missing tips don't bother me at all.
The reason these quilts are twins, but not identical twins, is that I put sashing one one quilt, the one for my daughter, exactly like the pattern. For mine, the blocks were pieced without sashing, creating an interesting secondary pattern.
This one is my daughter's, with sashing. It hangs on her wall in her apartment in California. When I asked her to take a picture for me to use in this post, she said, "I just can't imagine living here without that quilt on the wall". It has a custom quilting job that is fantastic.
These are quilts #11 and #12.