HOME. What has it meant to you over the past year? Does it mean more than it did before? It does to me. As I considered what I wanted to say in a house quilt, especially a house quilt made in the pandemic, an image came to mind. I pictured a house, bright with light, and dark clouds pressing in on it. Things like howling wind came to mind, and I pictured the house straining under the pressure of the storm. But then the image zoomed in, and I saw my husband and myself working together to support it, both to keep it standing and to keep it bright in spite of the darkness outside. In that moment, my vision for this quilt was born, and using this fun house/log cabin quilt block is perfect. So today I present my Refuge Quilt top, made with my Home Quilt block pattern.
This Refuge quilt top is smaller than I usually make, because I plan to hang it in our home. I used 25 of the 10″ HOME blocks for a 5×5 grid. It finishes at 50″ square. All the roofs are black, and the background pieces come from about 15 different gray solids, ranging from almost white to almost black, and with green, brown, yellow, and blue undertones to them.
All these solids captured what I wanted to say about the world in the past year. There have certainly been bright moments, but also an abundance of challenges. Keeping the storms and the darkness out is hard, but essential work. I have titled this quilt “Refuge” because that is what home is for me and my family. My husband and I work hard to create a place of security and safety for our children. It’s the best, most meaningful work we do. I am grateful to do it with him, and we lean heavily on God for help.
I made the houses from solids and prints that (mostly) read as solids, with a light and dark in each house to emphasize the log cabin design. The bright colors provide a happy contrast to the storm outside, and each one is different – just like every family is different. I chose to make homes in two different sizes, and alternated them in my layout.
My refuge quilt top describes, in fabric, the strain and beauty of keeping home strong. It reminds me to be consistent in my efforts, even when it feels like an exercise in endurance, because HOME MATTERS. Family matters. May you be blessed in all you do to strengthen yours, and may your home be a refuge from the storm, a place of security and peace.