I’m not a huge fan of winter, but there is one thing I like when the weather turns nippy―I get to take my River Trees quilt out of the closet and enjoy it until spring. Even though it’s red and green, the quilt is not so Christmassy that I get tired of looking at it before January. You can make your own River Trees. The pattern is in the December issue of TQL.

How did you like the quilt photo in the issue? We honestly didn’t intend to have my border collie, Meadow, model the quilt, but once we got started shooting the photo she insisted on being part of the action. At the end of this post you’ll see one of the “blooper” photos. I think I‘m telling her, “If you want to be in the picture, you have to sit up straight.”

If you start your own River Trees today, you‘ll have to be a bit of a speed demon to finish your quilt by Christmas (after all, we‘re only a few days away from Thanksgiving). But this versatile pattern doesn’t have to be seasonal. How would you adapt it to suit your own taste? Wouldn’t it be lovely in reproduction fabrics? What about a modern version, with larger blocks and solid colors? Juvenile prints? Batiks?
I’d love to see what you come up with…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

Sit up straight, Meadow.
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