Primitive Quilts and Projects

Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

How do you define the primitive style?

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!


  1. :) what a wonderfully written feel into Primitive, I could feel your excitement all the way.
    Wishing you continued Joy and Comfort with your love of stitching.

  2. Thank you, Gailin, I'm glad you enjoyed it, and doubly glad you commented. Let's stay in touch!

  3. this is so beautiful. you and gail are so sweet. i enjoy your warming words that touch my heart so dearly. peace and blessings coming your way