I have a weird and unusual given name. Its Velda. When I was younger I detested it. People couldn’t say it right (and OMG people, its pronounced exactly the way its spelled), or they spelled it wrong. They called me Velma, or Zelda, or Hilda or even Helga. Once or twice I even got called Thelma. Holy Heck Hermione, I may have had a bit of a complex. I have have believed having an UGLY sounding name made me an UGLY person. Sigh… Having an unusual name, combined with being a middle child, was very very hard for my developing psyche, but in retrospect may have been even harder for my parents than it was for me. For a month or so waaay back in 1973 I may have actually thought I was a foundling, left in the crib by gypsies!! LOL. That however is a story for another day, best shared with a bottle of the best red wine you can find….
Some of you may have noticed I posted a picture of a quilt block last night. It is currently my favourite block ever. That photo was supposed to appear right here with the caption “a Rose by any Other Name” . Its just so pretty.
But in my eagerness to make one final post in 2016, I clicked the “Publish” Button instead of the “Preview” button and off it went. Twas late at night, so I was unable to figure out how to get it back into “Draft” form, so to all of you out there who were wondering how many tumblers full of wine I had in my belly when I made that post, please accept my apologies and continue reading below.
Over the past couple of weeks I have made about a gazillion of these blocks, well perhaps 14 might be a more accurate estimate. This block is commonly known as Crosses and Losses or Sometimes +s and Xs, but I did a little research and this block appears way back in 1938 in the Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns as “Japanese Cross”. Who knows why its maker gave it this name but I love it all the same and have decided I will call the quilt I’m making with this pattern, “Velda’s Cross” My whole point is this. Names mean nothing when it comes to the quilt blocks I love, or people either for that matter.
Here are some more of the Japanese Crosses I’ve made recently. Seriously gawjus every one of them. Be warned folks, you will see a lot of these blocks this year.
As you can see this quilt is going to be totally unashamed of its block name. Its going to be out there, wild, colourful, crazy, beautiful and the way I may (or may not) have been back in the day.
Happy New Year everyone. Lets make this year the best one yet!!!