Time gets away from you. It’s easy to lose track, even if you’re not trying, and – let’s be honest – I was trying. I can’t feign shock or surprise that life moved on while I was dealing with other issues; now all I can do is choose how much of it I want to reclaim, and in what fashion.
I’ve been a bit of an evangelist for tonka beans for some time. I love the scent and the taste, and I don’t agree with the FDA’s decision to ban them from food. The Atlantic has an excellent article (The Tonka Bean: An Ingredient So Good It Has to Be Illegal) about the allure of tonka beans, and the [asinine] reasons they’re banned from food in the US.
Crossroads was intended to be a quick quilt, with an overall color directive from the recipient: dark and midtone blue, brown, and green. Easy enough; I went to my stash and quickly realized I was pulling out a lot of Australian aboriginal fabrics, and made a deliberate attempt to include fabrics from as many parts of the world as possible:
Dear quilting world – we need to talk. Now. We need to talk about why an amazing, comprehensible, gorgeous pattern isn’t ragingly popular. Say hello to the Carpenter’s Square pattern.
I don’t have to sell you on this pattern, because it sells itself. It’s a striking, unforgettable design, more so because it’s not being made very often due to lack of patterns. Odder still: this pattern is old. By leaning on the research of others, small variants on this pattern appear to date back to at least 1880-1890. Some examples: