Happy Trails to You?

Last summer my Aunt Cheri let me dig through her neglected fabric stash room. I brought home two large boxes of fabrics from the expedition. Little did I know that Cheri had an ulterior motive. In exchange for the fabric, she asked me to make a quilt for the 2013 Royal Auction in her town of Columbus, NE. I was happy to do it, as part of the proceeds from the Royal Auction go towards the Platte County Historical Society. Not coincidentally, the director of the historical society and museum is Aunt Cheri. This past spring I made "Happy Trails" as a donation to the auction.

Happy Trails, Timna Tar 2013I challenged myself with this quilt to only use half-square triangles, and only fabrics that I had in my fabric stash room.

When I try to keep it simple, I really am unintentionally making design restrictions and decisions. By deciding to only use half-square triangles, it meant the color could move on the diagonal, which is always dynamic.

Happy Trails, in progress, Timna Tarr 2013

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By deciding not to buy any new fabric, I had to change up the blues in the border because I did not have enough of any one blue, which is more interesting than using one fabric. 

Happy Trails, in progress, Timna Tarr 2013

Happy Trails, quilting, Timna Tarr 2013

If you are in Columbus, NE on October 13, place a bid down on "Happy Trails". You can have the perfect couch quilt while your money goes to a good cause.

(P.S. The fabrics I brought home from Cheri's house were the inspiration for making Mass Maples. They were autumnal colors, not colors that I normally gravitate to, but were perfect for maple leaves. I just found out that Mass Maples won Honorable Mention in the Traditional, Pieced category at the International Quilt Festival in Houston! I'll be headed to the show in November, and I'm so glad I bought a plane ticket to the show last week, when they were really cheap.)