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The Weathered Windmill is part of a series of quilt patterns by Quiltworx.com inspired by windmills, featuring fabrics from the Reclaimed West Collection by Judy and Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures. What better way to showcase a windmill than with fields, rustic accents, and vivid color palettes motivated by nature. The foundation papers were designed by Brad Niemeyer for foundation paper piecing, including many of our latest design elements and techniques. The setting for the windmill was placed into a giant, curved Kaleidoscope. The floating stars were designed in three sizes and are unique to most Quiltworx Star units in that they only feature six points instead of eight.
With fabrics reminiscent of a western history, rich with stories of settlement, where wind was vital to the survival and sustenance of not only settlers, ranchers, and oil workers/miners, but our own family history, a story is told with our fabric collection in this quilt. The border and four blades were cut from our broken barnyard fence fabric, the other four blades were cut from our rusted antique hay rake print, the inside of the barn, barbed-wire fence prints, and pine needles provided distinctly western accents, and the weathered wood and cattail inspired background fabrics provided an excellent backdrop for the rich blue sky print (based on a photograph of the Gallatin River rushing over rapids, taken by photographer and friend, Joni Dietz).
A second sample has also been made with reds and browns, using the Black Angus Cattle prints (also featuring photography by Joni Dietz!). This quilt was pieced by Judy and Quiltworx Staff, including Certified Instructor, Diana Simkins and artfully quilted with windy accents in the background and pebbles in the blue by Karen Marchetti. From the photography by Judel and Joni, the work with Timeless Treasures to turn these images into amazing fabric, to the design efforts by Bradley, and the piecing and quilting efforts of our staff and Karen Marchetti, we offer our sincerest thank you to the efforts involved in making this quilt come to life!