When did you first learn that there was such a style as “primitive?” My introduction was several years ago at my sisters’ new quilt shop—they had a Jan Patek trunk show with a sample quilt: “Morning Has Broken.” Oh my! I almost cried when I saw it. I had never made a quilt in my life, but it was love at first sight—I just had to make it! Mom helped me. She taught me paper piecing, needle-turn applique, measuring, rotary cutting, squaring off, and eventually binding and quilting. Through all of this I didn’t realize this was primitive style—or that there was such a thing. I just loved the style and didn’t know why. As I spent more time browsing the quilt shop I began to realize so many of the projects shared this unique, rich, warm, comforting style. I took note of the projects: hooked rugs, penny rugs, braided rugs, punch needle, stitchery…yippee!!! I realized that I’m crazy about applique… wool…warm, earthy tones…mmmm…who needs Calgon when you can be totally immersed in a comfort project? What really grabs me is the realization that for ages, women have been taking simple function up a few notches to create not only useful items, but beautiful works of art!